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Grants to Prevent Opioid Use in Women and Girls

Posted: 07/27/2017 20:40:00 -04:00 Updated:
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health announced 16 awards to nonprofit entities across the nation with a mission to help opioid misuse by women of all ages. 

The 16 city projects will cover 12 states, according to HHS, with the hopes of addressing opioid prevention information for females.

HHS said funding for the grants will reach girls aged 10-17 years old, women of reproductive age and women over 50 in undeserved populations.   

“There is emerging knowledge about the many factors affecting opioid use and misuse by women, including biological, demographic and social factors,” said Vanila Singh, M.D., chief medical officer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. “These awards will build partnerships among community-based organizations that consider the unique needs of women and girls; with the ultimate goal of preventing and reducing the impact of the opioid epidemic.”

HHS identified a 75 percent increase for women being hospitalized due to opioid or heroin issues between 2005 and 2014. 

One of the locations selected to participate is in Cumberland, Maryland at the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center. 

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