Whitmer says opioid addiction in Michigan an unaddressed crisis

Jun 18, 2019

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced more than $1 million will go to hospitals to help create better systems for treating people with opioid addiction.

The governor says reducing opioid abuse is a top priority of her administration.

Whitmer says opioid addiction is a large and growing problem. She says one reason is people end up at emergency rooms after they overdose, but they are often released without a follow-up plan.

Whitmer says that means many of the same people make repeat trips to the hospital for emergency care without treating their addiction.

”… which is expensive, but most importantly, it’s inhumane not to give people the support that they so desperately need.”

The first grants will go to hospitals in Detroit and northern Michigan, with more going to other health care centers if the programs are successful.