North Carolina receives $31 million grant to fight opioid crisis

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - Over the last several weeks, WITN has brought you stories about the fight against opioid drug abuse that has proved fatal for so many in our state.

Now a new grant is helping in the fight against the opioid crisis.

Gov. Roy Cooper's office says that the state has received $31 million in grant money from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The money will be used through the 21st Century Cures Act, a state targeted response to the crisis.

The state experience a 73-percent spike in opioid related deaths between 2005 and 2015. 13,000 North Carolinians died between 1999 and 2015 from opioid abuse.