FOUR USDA GRANTS TO COMBAT OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN MISSOURI

Four USDA grants aimed to reduce opioid abuse are making their way to Missouri.  The Rural Development Agency announced Monday that the grants are among 85 awarded by USDA in 22 states totaling $10.7 million.  Three projects in Southeast Missouri received funding.  Great Mines Health Center in Potosi will receive $150,000 for furniture for a new outpatient substance abuse treatment and recovery center.  Western Carter County will receive a new ambulance valued at $72,000, while the Big Springs Medical Association will establish a fleet of four vehicles worth $108,000 for their Urgent Care Opioid Medical Team to respond to patients in a seven-county area.  In Northern Missouri, the Queen City Housing Association will receive $3,750 to purchase locking medicine cabinets for installation in their multi-family housing complex.  USDA says the cabinets should help tenants prevent their opioid prescriptions from being misused.