LAS VEGAS – In a significant move to combat the opioid crisis, Clark County commissioners have unanimously approved plans for the establishment of an opioid treatment center. The motion, passed on Tuesday, marks a critical step forward in addressing the pressing issue of opioid addiction within the community.
With an estimated cost of $64,632,513, the project will be funded from the opioid settlement fund. The commissioners highlighted the importance of this investment, emphasizing that it goes beyond constructing a mere building. Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick expressed her excitement about the project, stating, “This is a $64 million investment into something that we can hopefully help everybody with, mental health, opiates, addiction, and everything in between. It’s a testament to us stepping up and putting our money where our mouth is.”
The State of Nevada has made significant progress in reaching opioid settlements with several companies, including Teva Pharmaceuticals and CVS Pharmacies. According to Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford, these settlements have already brought a staggering $856 million to the Silver State.
As the approved opioid treatment center moves forward, county officials will now focus on the next steps of the project. This includes developing schematics and design ideas, which will be presented to the commissioners at a later date. The comprehensive planning process will ensure that the treatment center is well-equipped to provide the necessary support and care for individuals affected by opioid addiction.
The establishment of the opioid treatment center in Clark County reflects the commitment and dedication of local authorities to address the opioid crisis head-on. By allocating substantial funds and resources, the county aims to provide vital assistance to those in need and make a lasting impact on mental health, addiction, and related challenges.
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