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Three Brooklyn health centers to see funding for fight against heroin, opioid abuse

More than $7 million in funding has been secured through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support 21 health centers citywide treating the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic—including three in Brooklyn.

“The opioid epidemic is one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States today,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell. “Expanding access to medication-assisted treatment and integrating these services in health centers bolsters nationwide efforts to curb opioid misuse and abuse, supports approximately 124,000 new patients accessing substance use treatment for recovery and helps save lives.”

With these awards (totaling $94 million nationwide), the city of New York will be able to increase the number of patients screened for substance abuse disorders and connected with treatment. Nationally, the investment is expected to help awardees hire approximately 800 providers to treat nearly 124,000 new patients.

“Health centers treat some of the most at-risk patients in the country,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “These awards position health centers to be at the forefront of the fight against opioid abuse in underserved communities.”

Brooklyn centers being awarded are Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center (650 Fulton Street), ICL Healthcare Choices (6209 16th Avenue) and the Sunset Park Health Council.

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