Local agency awarded $3 million grant to tackle growing opioid epidemic

WDSU - A $3 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has been awarded to the Metropolitan Human Services District, working in Orleans, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes, in response to the growing opioid epidemic.

The grant will fund outreach, detox, rehabilitation and other recovery services over three years. The goal is to reach those who cannot afford the medical treatment necessary to overcome opioid addiction.