An area county is one of four in the state that will benefit from a multi-million dollar federal grant to fight opioid addiction.
Pennsylvania will $5.7 million to expand access to medically-based treatment services.The money will be used to target opioid addiction following a hub-and-spoke model of service delivery, focusing on Allegheny County as the hub and Blair, Erie and Lycoming counties as the spokes.
UPMC will help the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs administer the program.
In 2016, 4,642 drug-related overdose deaths were reported in Pennsylvania, an increase of 37 percent from the year before. Every day 13 Pennsylvanians die of a drug overdose.