Millions of dollars allocated to opioid use and misuse in South Dakota

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The Division of Substance Abuse and the Mental Health Services Administration awarded a $4 million grant to the Department of Social Services (DSS) to address opioid issues in South Dakota.

That grant spanning over four years, it will overlap another two million dollar grant the department previously received.

With the funding, the DSS plans to support prevention, treatment, and recovery services surrounding the drugs.

The funding is also designed to help train individuals linked to prescribing opioids, pain management, substance use disorders as well as provide education related to opioid use or misuse.

"Folks, you know in South Dakota, we have been somewhat fortunate that we have not seen the national crisis that other states have experienced when it comes to Opioid deaths. However, we have an opportunity also to understand how this could devastate our state if we don't get ahead of the prevention and awareness," said Tiffany Wolfgang, division director of behavioral health for the Department of Social Services.

Any organizations providing direct services and support to those affected by opioid overdose, or offering training and education to professionals who serve them, apply at dss.sd.gov

For more information on services related to addiction or to find health providers, contact the DSS Division of Behavioral Health at 605-367-5236, toll-free at 1-855-878-6057 or online.