The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration this week awarded American Indian and Alaska Native tribes $50 million in grants to combat opioid overdoses. “The new Tribal Opioid Response grant program will help provide access to a wide array of treatment solutions for tribal communities, including medication-assisted treatment,” said Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan. “Accessing treatment services can be especially challenging in rural areas like many parts of Indian Country. We will continue to engage with tribal nations through the Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee and community visits to hear concerns and develop programs that build on the strengths of tribal culture and customs.”

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