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Tennessee To Get $800,000 To Treat Addicts

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Posted at 5:28 PM, Mar 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-11 18:28:15-05

The federal government has announced it’s giving more than $800,000 to three health centers in Tennessee to combat the state's growing and deadly opioid epidemic.

The money was part of a $94 million package announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to combat the scourge of drug abuse across the country.  Federal officials said the money will help more people access drug treatment and it will save lives.

The nation has currently been in the grip of a prescription drug and heroin epidemic that has destroyed the lives of many Tennesseans.

State Health Department officials said more people die from drug overdoses than are killed in car wrecks.

The $800,000 will be divided among clinics in Knoxville, Nashville, and Jellico.