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$150,000 awarded to focus on opioid prescribing, substance abuse, treatment in Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz Sentinel

The Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz County has been awarded $150,000 for collaboration focusing on mental health, substance abuse and opioid prescribing guidelines.

“Opioids” include prescription painkillers such as Vicodin, hydrocodone, and sedatives as well as heroin, a highly addictive illegal drug.

Last year, of 58 overdose deaths in Santa Cruz County, 47 were related to opioids, according to Cecilia Krebs of Janus, a local treatment center for addiction.