Michigan has been at the center of the opioid crisis for years. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has worked tirelessly to protect residents from the horror of the opioid epidemic, but doing so has cost the state millions. Funding from the federal government has been awarded to aid efforts and help repair communities across MI.
The Biden Administration has awarded Michigan nearly $38.9 million to support efforts to end the opioid crisis and aid recovery. The funding is earmarked for the state to boost access to treatment for addiction recovery and remove barriers to clinical interventions and support. In other states that have received funding, it has been allocated for 24/7 opioid treatment programs and overdose education in addition to purchasing more naloxone.
The money sent to Michigan is part of a $1.5 billion program called the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Tribes in the state have also received federal funding. Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa and other tribes have received between $475,000-240,000 each.
The funding is much needed for a state that had nearly 3,000 deaths in 2021. Already in 2022 the state has reported over 588 deaths so far.
Purdue Pharma and other major pharmaceutical corporations have claimed that opioids are nonaddictive despite clear evidence to the contrary. Since their introduction to the market, opioid drugs have contributed to the deaths of millions in the United States.
All prescription drugs have risks, but false claims and questionable advertising are not legal. Addiction to medications like codeine, morphine, methadone, and hydrocodone is not a choice – many people develop dependency after being prescribed opioids for extreme pain after an accident or critical surgery.
White Law PLLC has stood with countless victims and their families against the unethical and deadly practices of major pharma companies. Our team believes that recovering from the horror of opioids can mean more than just reimbursing healthcare costs.