Federal opioid funds target those recovering from addiction


Massachusetts has spent more of its emergency federal money for combating the opioid crisis to support those in recovery than any other state.

An Associated Press analysis of federal spending data found the state designated about 75 percent of nearly $12 million in initial funding from the federal government on recovery support services rather than addiction treatment.

Rebecca Starr is a project director at Advocates for Human Potential, one of the local organizations who received the money. She says investing in those in recovery is critical to ending the deadly epidemic.

Kenneth Newman is a Boston resident recovering from opioid painkiller addiction. He says the state’s efforts allowed him to take a two-week class focused on improving his job search skills and to purchase a cellphone, subway pass and work clothes.

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