Riverside Health officials awarded $7.1 million grant to improve surveillance of opioid-related overdoses

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RIVERSIDE – A $7.1 million federal grant awarded to Riverside University Health System Public Health will help local officials improve tracking of opioid-related overdoses and better allocate resources. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently awarded the organization the 3-year grant to enhance surveillance of overdose morbidity and mortality in Riverside County. Officials will use data to guide overdose prevention efforts to target people who have experienced adverse childhood and community experiences, Kim Saruwatari, director of Public Health, said. “The funding will help Public Health gather critical information that will help prevent tragedies and the senseless loss of life caused by opioids,” Saruwatari said. “We already know this epidemic strikes everyw
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