Battle against opioid addiction gets boost
Large grant awarded to Northwoods group
As of June 19, $3.4 million dollars will be coming to the Northwoods, to aid in services of opioid addiction.
In recent years, opioid addiction has become a serious problem in Wisconsin, with 4.3 percent of all Wisconsin adults reporting use of heroin or other opioids, coming out to 163,000 people statewide.
Among young adults, aged 18-25, the number this past year is 68,600, or 11 percent of that age group, according to a press release from Marshfield Clinic.
The grant, which will provide funding in the amount of approximately $700,000 per year for five years, will go to the Family Health Center of Marshfield, on behalf of the North Central Region Opioid Consortium. NCROC covers a five-county area, Oneida, Vilas, Forest, Price and Iron counties, and is represented by a partnership of 18 organizations.
“This grant offers an opportunity to improve the quality of care for those addicted to opioids while reducing incidence of relapses and overdoses. We look forward to developing a more comprehensive array of evidence-based treatment options as well as developing individualized treatment plans for every participant,” said Bob Kovar, program manager, Tribal Services, Marshfield Clinic Center for Community Outreach, in a press release.
The Consortium’s mission will be to provide detoxification services and ongoing treatment, “improving quality of life for individuals addicted to opioids with a focus on women of child-bearing age.”