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Erie County gets federal grant to fight opioid abuse among women

Erie County has received a three-year grant of $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help prevent the misuse of prescription and non-prescription opioids by women.

County Executive Mark Poloncarz will be joined by Rep. Brian Higgins, County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein and County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams in announcing the grant Monday morning in Neighborhood Health Center Mattina, 300 Niagara St.

The grant will be used to provide opioid screening and arrange treatment for women of childbearing age. One of 20 communities across the nation to receive a grant, Erie County has seen a serious rise in neonatal abstinence syndrome among newborn babies in local hospitals as a result of exposure to opioids in the womb.

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