Congressman Rodney Davis wants to fight the opioid crisis and he’s enlisting federal help to do so. Davis announced federal help from the Health Resources and Services Administration that will be giving grants to five organizations towards fighting opioid addiction. The grants are called Rural Communities Opioid Response and they are being given to the Jersey Community Hospital District in Jersey County, St Francis Hospital in Litchfield, Macoupin County Health Department, and the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Davis says that the opioid crisis in central Illinois is “ground zero” and the government needs to help with recovery just as much as with eliminating it.
Davis says that recovery for rural communities gives some of the best treatment to areas that have vulnerability of being left behind.
Each of the awards is in the amount of $200,000. Rodney Davis says that he has helped congress pass more than 60 bills to help address opioid addiction from every angle.