Pa. to get federal money to prevent prescription painkiller abuse

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Sep 9, 2015 11:52 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania is receiving federal money to help combat one of the root causes of the drug crisis - powerful prescription painkillers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has earmarked $900,000 for the state.

The money will go towards implementing the commonwealth's prescription drug monitoring program, creating an intervention system meant to stop prescription drug abuse, and evaluating existing laws, regulations and policies.

The Pennsylvania State Coroners Association says even when excluding more than 10 counties, nearly 2,500 people died from drug overdoses last year across the state.

That's more than twice the number that were killed in car accidents.

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