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Heroin Treatment Slots Increased in Five Cities

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On the heels of new data indicating increases in heroin-related incidents in emergency rooms in New York City, Newark, Baltimore, Detroit and Seattle, HHS Secretary Lewis W. Sullivan, MD, announced $3.8 million to expand heroin treatment.

The grants will augment existing programs, add more treatment slots quickly and will provide seed funding to start new treatment programs.

In announcing the grants, which will come out of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, HHS Secretary Sullivan said, "As we stated when we released DAWN data on these cities a few months ago, heroin use and associated public health problems in these cities gave us warning signs indicating that actions were needed. HHS has now designated these cities for immediate expansion of drug treatment activities."

These funds will provide an immediate infusion of additional treatment dollars to each of the five urban areas to help them cope with urgent heroin problems, according to James Mason, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health and head of the U. …