CDC awarding 4-year grant to Illinois

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CHICAGO - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that Illinois will receive a four-year grant worth $3.6 million to help combat overdose deaths related to prescription opioid use.

CDC officials say the grant will help fund statewide efforts to reverse the increase in opioid overdoses caused by misuse and inappropriate prescribing of opioids.  State officials say the money will be used to enhance prescription drug monitoring programs, improve prescribing practices for opioid medications, and enhance prevention efforts and "Rapid Response Projects" at the state and community level.

Additionally, state officials will track opioid and heroin morbidity and mortality in order to evaluate the success of these policies.  For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/.

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