Comitta applauds awarding of funds to West Chester University to fight opioid epidemic
WEST CHESTER, Jan. 8 – West Chester University has been awarded $99,936 in federal grant money to expand opioid preventive programs available to students, state Rep. Carolyn Comitta said. WCU is one of 13 higher education institutions throughout the commonwealth to receive these funds, which the Wolf administration procured from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Projects developed from the infusion will focus on raising campus awareness, reducing stigma, increasing access to overdose training and grief support. The grant prescribes that initiatives will be built with local partners specialized in fighting the opioid epidemic within the community.
“The opioid epidemic has sadly impacted Chester County tremendously, so it is crucial to educate as many people as possible on the risks of opioid use and how to administer naloxone,” Comitta said. “I’m confident that these funds will help save lives on West Chester’s campus and in the community.”
The grants are part of the $55.9 million SAMSHA grant secured by the Wolf Administration to bolster the state’s response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.
For more information about the state’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis, visit pa.gov/opioids.