$1 Million in opioid grant funding given to organizations

DOVER, Del.- An insurance company in Delaware are doing what they can to make a difference in their state.

High Mark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware announced Thursday it is giving away a million dollars in grants to organizations trying to battle the epidemic.

“We are losing a Delawarean every 22 hours to the opioid crisis,” Bethany Hall-Long, Lieutenant Governor of Delaware, said.

Every year, Highmark gives out money to various organizations.

This year, they’re dividing up $1 million dollars between eight recipients that are all working to tackle the opioid epidemic.

“We know that this is such a large issue that no one is going to be able to solve alone and so we needed partners,” Nick Moriello, President of Highmark BCBS Delaware, said.

The million dollar grant will go towards programs that expand treatment and prevention services.

“One big goal would be prevention, how can we help reach people before they’re in need, to educate them about the dangers, and to avoid addictions,” Moriello said.

47ABC was told many at Highmark are glad to be giving this money away, as many of them have a personal experience with this epidemic.

“I’ve been personally touched by folks who’ve faced addiction and overdose, and so I want to be part of the solution and I’m happy for our organization to be part of our solution as well,” Moriello said.

“I’ve been to too many funerals, I’ve prepared too many tributes to families, and what that means also is that we can give prevention,” Hall-Long said.

47ABC was told no one is immune to this disease, so those dealing with opioid addiction shouldn’t hesitate to reach out for help.

“Pay attention to the recipients, use the services, don’t be afraid, it is okay not be okay,” Hall-Long said.

Anyone who is suffering from opioid addiction, can call the HELP hotline at 1-800-345-6785 or visit their website at HelpIsHereDE.com

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