- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island will receive just over $1.9 million in funding as part of a federal initiative to improve practices for prescribing opioids and expand access to treatment for addicts.

A joint statement released Wednesday by Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse as well as Congressmen James Langevin and David Cicilline announced the award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The release states that $1 million of the disbursement is earmarked for the expansion of medication-assisted treatment for opioid addicts. The remaining $926,300 will go toward improving the state’s prescription drug monitoring programs.

Gov. Gina Raimondo says the funding will supplement investments the state has already made to promote prevention, treatment and recovery.

A total of $53 million was awarded nationwide to combat the opioid crisis.

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