VP Pence announces Kentucky to get $9 million in grants to fight opioid crisis

MANCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – In his third trip to Kentucky this year, Vice President Mike Pence announced the state will get more than $9 million for opioid relief.

The grants are from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to assist in Kentucky’s fight against the opioid epidemic. The funding includes $750,000 in training grants for the University of Pikeville, $167,000 for prevention and treatment services at Eastern Kentucky University, and $167,000 to Kentucky-based Grace Community Health Center.

Pence announced the grants during his visit to Eastern Kentucky University’s Manchester campus Thursday, where he was joined by Governor Matt Bevin, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, and Congressman Hal Rogers.

They were at the campus to visit the Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) center. The program gives medical troops hands-on training while providing essential no-cost medical services and screenings in Eastern Kentucky.

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