GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The St. Mary's foundation has been given some serious cash for fighting opioid addiction.
The federal grant will be used for expanding resources in rural communities.
The $200,000 will be used for expanding resources to rural communities, so they can have access to staff and education on opioid treatment.
Officials hope this will provide an option for people to get help locally in their own communities, instead of having to drive to Mesa County.
"More or less to develop the infrastructure and the persons to be able to provide that treatment. So this is a one year grant. Depending on how this goes, for the consortium and what we plan to do over the next year, we can apply for a three year grant, which can help subsidize treatment itself," said medical director of integrated addiction medicine, Dr. Ryan Jackman
The Mesa County Coroner’s Office says, last year, there were more opioid related deaths in in the county than meth-related deaths.