$27 million to combat opioid abuse in Texas: How nonprofits plan to save lives
The federal government is providing $27 million to Texas, more than any other state, to deal with opioid abuse, and local nonprofits are already making plans.
The San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse plans to hire another recovery coach and ramp up prevention efforts, reaching more ears earlier – students at elementary through high schools along with people in workplaces, churches and other groups. A lot of the money will go toward treatment, says Abigail Moore, CEO of SACADA.
“There’s going to be more money available for those beds needed instead of there being a waiting list,” she said. “They’re going to have priority because we are, again, losing individuals to prescription drug abuse, overdoses and heroin overdoses.”
Nationwide, more people are overdosing and dying each year than the year before, although Texas statistics aren’t available beyond 2015.
The federal funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Kaci Spikes, who’s battled alcohol and prescription drug abuse, now works as a recovery coach for SACADA, counseling other women who are struggling.
“I either had to get sober, or I didn’t want to live anymore,” Spikes said, adding “There’s a lot of people out there that feel that way every single day.”
“There are resources out here, and SACADA is always open and available to help anybody.”
The help is free. More information is available on the SACADA website.