Massachusetts gets $12 million to combat opioid epidemic

Money is part of a first round of funding in a $500M grant distributed across the country

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts is getting a financial boost to fight the drug crisis.

Senator Edward Markey told 22News that the state is getting nearly $12-million in federal aid to combat the opioid epidemic. It’s part of the first round of funding in a $500 million grant for states across the country.

People like Aziz Baytarov of West Springfield told 22News the opioid epidemic is an issue that hits home; “I have friends who overdosed. More than 10 friends. A couple of weeks ago one of my friends passed away once again. He started with weed and then his friends wanted to try more. They started with coke and then they ended up finding his body next to his house.”

Last month, Senator Markey introduced a bill that would authorize the border patrol to use high tech chemical screenings to stop drugs from Mexico, China and other nations from coming to the U.S.

Continuing Coverage: Opioid Crisis

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