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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded Illinois $43.5 million to combat the opioid epidemic. The state will receive approximately $29 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to expand availability of medication-assisted treatment and limit overdose-related fatalities via prevention, treatment and recovery activities. It will also use $14.5 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration to help 50 federally funded community health facilities, academic institutions and rural organizations bolster their substance-abuse and mental health treatment services. The funds from HHS are part of more than $1 billion the agency is distributing nationwide under its five-point opioid strategy.

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