NY drug treatment centers waiting on millions in COVID money

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— Local organizations trying to fight addiction across New York are still waiting for millions in federal dollars promised from lawmakers.

In a report from CNY Central, our Syracuse affiliate, the more than $90 million from the American Rescue COVID relief plan set aside for substance abuse treatment in the state has been delayed.

So what’s the hold-up? The money can’t be sent out until a multi-step review process is completed through the Federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Administration.

We told you earlier this week how 100,000 people nationwide have died from drug overdoses in the past year, the most in U.S. history.

The national substance abuse holtine is 1-800-662-4357, you can also visit the state’s Office of Addiction Supports and Services website.