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City expands efforts to address opioid crisis

Officials in Boston are increasing funding for a program that sends city employees to visit people who have survived an overdose.

The Boston Globe reports that the city will expand its overdose response team using a $150,000 award from the state Department of Public Health in an effort to better address the opioid epidemic, the city announced Tuesday.

The grant will be used to expand the team’s hours and to improve coordination between agencies involved in connecting with individuals after overdoses, Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a statement.

“All of us have a role in addressing the opioid epidemic,” Walsh said in the statement.

“It takes local officials, first responders, and members of the community to work together to implement solutions that will make a real difference, especially for those battling a substance use disorder.”

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To learn more about this expanded initiative in Boston, please visit the Boston Globe.

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