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Bloomberg-Funded Efforts to Stem Pennsylvania Opioid Crisis Announced

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FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2019

Vital Strategies, a public health organization that helps governments strengthen their public health systems, has announced the first projects to be funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of a $10 million commitment to address the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania.

The initiative is part of a three-year, $50 million investment in a joint effort by Vital Strategies, the Pew Charitable TrustsJohns Hopkins University, and the CDC Foundation to help up to ten states with high rates of opioid use address the root causes of opioid addiction and take steps to prevent overdose deaths. The first round of funding for Pennsylvania will support efforts to expand access to buprenorphine and methadone treatment in emergency departments, in-patient settings, and state prisons and jails; train sheriffs as harm-reduction partners; and reduce stigma through media awareness campaigns.



Bloomberg charity names first Pa. projects in $10 million response to overdose epidemic

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JILL DALY | JUL 9, 2019

Following up on a $10 million pledge last fall to address the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania, the charity founded by entrepreneur and former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced funding Tuesday for the first projects in the state.

The grants come with technical support as well, and will build on efforts in hospitals to improve access to buprenorphine and methadone, drugs used in medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder.

Grants also will go to an existing partnership in law enforcement for harm reduction training, including training in the use of the overdose rescue drug naloxone and steering people into treatment. And money will go to assist in improving access to treatment drugs in prisons and jails.

In addition, planning also has begun for media campaigns by the Bloomberg Philanthropies charity, Vital Strategies, to engage communities most affected by the epidemic and connect them to resources and help reduce the stigma that keeps people from getting treatment.


Bloomberg announces Pennsylvania projects in its $10M overdose-prevention initiative

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by Aubrey Whelan, Updated: July 9, 2019

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s initiative to prevent overdoses around the country — starting with $10 million in funds going to Pennsylvania, one of the states hardest hit by the opioid crisis — is funding its first projects in the commonwealth.

Vital Strategies, the public health nonprofit that is working with Bloomberg Philanthropies on the project, is announcing Tuesday that the money will help more than 100 hospitals to develop treatment strategies for opioid use disorder; support the use of medication-assisted treatment in state prisons; and train law enforcement on the principles of harm reduction.


Bloomberg Philanthropies gives Pa. $10 million to reduce overdose deaths

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Written by Nina Feldman/WHYY | Jul 9, 2019 5:11 AM

Daliah Heller and her colleagues at Vital Strategies, the nonprofit public health arm of Bloomberg Philanthropies, knew that. They knew that, relative to the many millions of dollars that federal agencies like the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had already committed to fighting the opioid crisis, this was just a drop in the bucket. So the question became: How could their organization support what a state is already doing — what’s already working — to help prevent overdose deaths?

“We see it as: The train has left the station, and it’s a train that we want to see get to the place it’s going,” said Heller, director of Drug Use Initiatives at Vital Strategies.

In November, Bloomberg Philanthropies, headed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, announced a $50 million effort to combat the opioid epidemic across the country. Tuesday marks the launch of the first initiatives funded by this effort, all of them in Pennsylvania.


Pennsylvania Governor, Law Enforcement, and Hospitals Advance Efforts to Reduce Overdose Deaths

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Investments will expand access to medications in hospitals and prisons, increase availability of naloxone in communities and train sheriffs on harm reduction strategies.

(Pennsylvania, USA) – Today, Vital Strategies announced the first projects in a $10 million dollar commitment to Pennsylvania to strengthen the state’s ability to respond to the crisis of overdose deaths. Nationally, overdose has become the leading killer of adults between the ages of 18 and 50, taking more than 70,000 lives in 2017. Pennsylvania is among the top five states with the highest number of fatal overdoses in the country. This effort is a part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ $50 million investment to address the national opioid crisis.

“Pennsylvania is committed to fighting this epidemic from all sides with a clear understanding that reduced overdose deaths means more people into recovery,” Gov. Tom Wolf said. “Our hospitals, law enforcement and every community are playing a role, and, working together, we can help people to engage with evidence-based services and support, to stabilize and lead fruitful and healthy lives.”


Experts: Naloxone helps prevent drug deaths; more work needed

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