TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A new program is being developed to address the opioid problem in parts of west Alabama.
The group will work in Franklin, Marion, Walker and Winston counties. The program will assess what’s going on in the area and recommend improvements.
Authorities say Alabama has the nation’s highest per capita opioid prescription rate. The state had more than 5,100 overdoses from 2006 through 2014.
The project aims to improve prevention, treatment and recovery of substance abuse. It will use an idea called “whole-person care,” which coordinates health, behavioral health and social services.