Funding Available For Opioid Abuse Prevention In Oklahoma

Oklahoma City –  New funding is available to help communities fight the opioid abuse epidemic in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma AmeriCorps is offering funds to nonprofits, faith-based and community organizations, and government entities across the state for opioid prevention and education programs.  The funding will help place AmeriCorps members with the host sites to expand the reach and impact of substance abuse education, prevention, and recovery efforts to combat opioid misuse.

“This funding is an important step in growing Oklahoma’s effort to fight opioid abuse,” says Melinda Points, executive director of Oklahoma AmeriCorps. “Agencies know what they need to do, but frequently lack the human resources necessary to perform the work. Having a well- trained cadre of AmeriCorps members can give agencies and organizations the ability to provide more services across the state.”

AmeriCorps members may serve as recovery coaches, build capacity for anti-drug coalitions, expand drug abuse education, recruit volunteers for drug prevention, connect veterans to counseling services, promote the safe disposal of medication, conduct drug screenings and assessments, help prevent relapse and recidivism and more.

Agencies interested in applying for the funding, or for more information, contact MaryJac Rauh at  mrauh@okamericorps.comor call (405) 858-7278.

About the Opioid Epidemic

The United States is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic and Oklahoma is in the top states for opioid overdoses and death. Seventy-eight people die every day from an opioid overdose. Since 1999, the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids—including prescription pain relievers and heroin—has nearly quadrupled. Recognizing the severity of the opioidepidemic and the important role of national service can play in addressing this challenge, the Corporation for National and Community Service, which provides the funding for AmeriCorps programs, has made opioid abuse prevention, education, reduction and recovery a funding priority.

About Oklahoma AmeriCorps

Nonprofits, faith-based and community organizations, and government entities throughout the state are able to develop and implement programs to expand services using AmeriCorps funding. As part of a program, AmeriCorps members receive training, real-world experience, a living allowance and an educational award for their service. Oklahoma communities receive the help they need to tackle the most pressing problems right in their own backyard.

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