Ga. health officials unclear on impact of national opioid emergency declaration (WABE 90.1 FM)


Director of KSU addiction and recovery center hopeful for more funding

KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov 1, 2017) — President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency last week, but state health officials said there’s still no clarity on how it practically benefits the state.

“We are hopeful that funding will come to the center,” said Teresa Johnston, executive director of the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery at Kennesaw State University. “As a recovery support service and also a center that does research and education, I think that we are expecting some funding to come through.”

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