Kaptur: $1.5 million in opioid-focused awards

September 20, 2018
Press Release
Much needed resources to address the epidemic in Erie, Huron, and Ottawa counties and through the Firelands Regional Health Systems

Toledo, Ohio – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) today welcomed news that the Erie County Department of Health and Firelands Regional Health System each received federal awards from the Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) and that the Erie County Department of Health also received a federal award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).


“Our community health partners have committed to expand delivery of opioid related health services in our rural areas,” said Kaptur. “Erie County Health Department and Firelands Regional will help to lead this area out of the opioid epidemic by providing life-saving intervention, treatment, and support during recovery. I am very pleased to support the continued efforts of our health care entities as they continue to garner federal resources.”


The Erie County Health Department and Firelands Regional Health Systems each received a $250,000 Rural Health Opioid Program award from HRSA, which intends to reduce morbidity and mortality related to opioid overdoses. The grantees will each prepare individuals with opioid use disorder to begin treatment, support patients in recovery through counseling, and provide peer support activities.


In addition, the Erie County Health Department received a $1,000,000 Improving Access to Overdose Treatment award from SAMHSA. The project will be a collaboration between Erie, Huron, and Ottawa counties to train first responders and the community to administer Narcan, the overdose reversal drug, and to connect individuals to treatment and recovery. The project will also work to train pharmacists and health care providers on prescribing medication assisted treatment.


“Saving lives in our region has now become a strong reality thanks to this funding opportunity which will have an immediate and measurable impact on our communities,” said Peter Schade, the Erie County Health Commissioner. “Our collective quality of life has just received a remarkable stimulus. Thank you to Congresswoman Kaptur for her tireless fight on this addiction battle.”