KY to receive CDC funding to combat prescription drug overdoses
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Governor Steve Beshear announced today that Kentucky will receive nearly $4 million in federal funding over the next four years to combat the epidemic of prescription drug overdoses.
The funding, to the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC), is part of a $20 million initiative, Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States, launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Under the grant, KIPRC will receive $940,000 a year for the next four years. KIPRC is a partnership between the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health that combines academic investigation with practical public health initiatives.
“This funding will give us further resources to continue diminishing the grip that prescription drug abuse and addiction has on Kentucky, and help us prevent overdose deaths related to prescription opioids,” Gov. Beshear said.