Bellino: Investment from federal government will help combat opioid abuse in Southeast Michigan

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On Tuesday, state Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe joined top officials with President Donald Trump’s administration, Gov. Rick Snyder, Lt. Governor Brian Calley, and other lawmakers for an announcement regarding a new partnership to combat opioid abuse.

Tom Price, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway discussed Trump’s commitment to addressing drug addiction. Price also said the federal government will be investing $16 million in Michigan’s efforts against opioid abuse.

“Reversing the current opioid epidemic and assisting those suffering from drug addiction is extremely important to myself and my community,” Rep. Bellino said. “The assistance from the federal government will go a long way in our efforts to stop the tragedies affecting so many of our families and friends.”

Rep. Bellino is a key sponsor of legislation aimed at reducing the abuse of opioids in Michigan, which is awaiting a hearing in the House Committee on Health Policy.

State Rep. Joe Bellino (center) and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (third from right) listen as federal and state officials announce federal assistance coming to Michigan to fight opioid abuse.