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Michigan will become the second state on Thursday to receive a $ 50 million investment to help fight the opioid crisis throughout the country. New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. (Photo: Dale J. Young, Detroit News)

Michigan should become the second state to receive part of an investment of $ 50 million to help fight the opioid crisis in the country, Governor Gretchen Whitmer said. and former Mayor of New York Michael R. Bloomberg.

In November, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a partnership between Life Strategies, Pew Charity Trust, Johns Hopkins University, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the CDC Foundation. It aims to help up to 10 states to find ways to increase prophylactic and curative opioid dependence within the next three years.

"Our immediate goal is to save the lives of so many Michigan residents as we can," Bloomberg and Whitmer said in part of the guest's opinion at the Detroit News on Thursday. "And if we succeed, our work will help create a plan for the nation on how to end this crisis once and for all."

CDC data show that more than 47,000 deaths from overdose of opioids throughout the country in 2017. . In 2016, Detroit overdose accounted for nearly 40 per cent of 538 opiate-related deaths in the Wayne County. In total, 1786 Michigan residents died as a result of overdose of opioids, according to government authorities.

The number of deaths associated with opiates in Detroit increased from 46 in 2012 to 280 in 2017, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Social Services. .

The state reported a new record in October: 1941 out of 2 729 deaths from overdose in 2017 were associated with opiates.

The initiative is in line with legislation signed by President Donald Trump in October, which adds treatment options and receives from the United States a postal service to check out foreign packages for the synthetic form of opiates, called fentanyl, which are transported mainly from China.

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