St. Lawrence County legislators move forward with accepting Opioid Epidemic Funding
CANTON -- St. Lawrence County legislators voted to authorize the board chair to sign contracts so the county Public Health Department can spend a $72,000 Opioid Epidemic Grant.
The resolution says the grant will be used for “educational materials and to provide multiple substance use, stigma and mental health education sessions.”The resolution goes on to say that the grant will provide for training of superintendents and administrative staff at local public schools for adverse childhood experiences.
It will also provide buprenorphine waiver training to medical providers, “and collaboration with New York State Department of Health to provide clinical implementation training to providers who have already received MAT training.”
MAT means medication-assisted therapy. MAT providers can prescribe medicine like the above-mentioned buprenorphine. Sometimes marketed under the brand name Suboxone, it is prescribed to patients being treated for opioid use disorder to stave off cravings for opioid drugs.
The board took the action during their Monday, Oct. 5 meeting, which was streamed live on YouTube.
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