$14M grants helps addicts

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – People addicted to narcotics in Mississippi can get free help to stop using the drugs through a statewide initiative.

Angela Mallette, an outreach coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, says Stand Up Mississippi has received a $14 million grant to continue assisting addicts for another two years.

Mallette says the initiative offers free recovery stays and follow-up help to ensure people in recovery “can transition to healthy and productive lives.” Malette says the grant is the initiative’s second from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The Sun Herald reports the program will keep providing naloxone, known as Narcon, to first-responders for use in drug overdoses. The program also will continue medication-assisted treatment, which provides free medicines to help recovering addicts deal with withdrawal symptoms.

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