HHS issues 16 grants to curb opioid misuse among females

The HHS' Office of Women's Health on Tuesday awarded 16 grants of $100,000 each to public and private nonprofit organizations across the country.

The funds will be used to prevent illegal opioid misuse among girls aged 10 to 17 years and women aged 50 years and older in underserved populations.

"As part of a nationwide listening tour, I've heard from folks around this nation how opioid misuse takes a heavy toll on the quality of life and life expectancy of women," said Tom Price, MD, HHS secretary. "President Trump and HHS are committed to working with those on the front lines of this national crisis to find innovative ways to help women and girls most at risk. These awards are an opportunity for us to work together and implement successful strategies to reduce opioid dependence and prevent opioid related deaths among women and all Americans."

The grant recipients are listed below.

  • Volunteers of America of Los Angeles
  • Women Organized to Respond to Life-Threatening Diseases (Oakland, Calif.)
  • Community Clinics Health Network (San Diego)
  • The Wheeler Clinic (Plainville, Conn.)
  • Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition (Jacksonville)
  • Parent Child Center Community Wellness Center (Oak Park, Ill.)
  • Iowa Department of Public Health (Des Moines)
  • Capitol Area Human Services District (Baton Rouge, La.)
  • Western Maryland Area Health Education Center (Cumberland)
  • Institute for Health and Recovery (Cambridge, Mass.)
  • Minnesota Department of Health (St. Paul)
  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of Middlesex (East Brunswick, N.J.)
  • Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (Stratford, N.J.)
  • Cardea Services (Austin, Texas)
  • The Lakes Community Health Center (Iron River, Wis.)
  • City of Janesville (Wisconsin)

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