New Hampshire is getting a new grant from the federal government to study drug overdoses, in addition to $22.9 million in funding for ongoing drug treatment and addiction prevention programs.
The new grant, $3.7 million, comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is part of a nationwide program to better understand overdoses: who is overdosing and why.
“Funded programs will yield information crucial to a better understanding of why, and among whom, overdoses and deaths are taking place,” explained a news release from the CDC.
Dave Mara, Gov. Chris Sununu’s advisor on addiction and behavioral health, said the grant will help gather more data, and show a more complete understanding of the opioid epidemic.
The funds will allow the state to study emergency department data, information from medical examiners’ reports and other data to find and understand patterns, and use that knowledge to better target prevention and treatment programs.
The new CDC program provides some $301 million across the country for similar programs.
The new grant will supplement $22.9 million in funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. That money will fund local recovery and addiction-prevention programs. The state received $11.9 million from this program in March, and $22.9 million in fall 2018.