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Michigan is getting some help in the fight against overdoses on prescription opioids.

 

The Department of Health and Human services will be receiving $2.25 million over the next three years from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

The money will be used to improve data collection and analysis, develop a strategy to combat the problem, and work with communities to develop more comprehensive opioid overdose prevention programs.

 

State health officials say there was a four-fold increase from 1999 to 2014 in unintentional fatal drug poisonings.

 

 

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