WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $379,167 to the Greater Baden Medical Service, a health center in Brandywine, Maryland, to help expand access to the treatment of prescription opioid abuse and heroin addiction.

“I’m pleased that Greater Baden Medical Service will receive this critical funding to help combat heroin use and opioid overdose, epidemics that have been on the rise throughout Maryland and our country,” said Congressman Steny Hoyer. “These funds will help ensure that Fifth District patients battling substance abuse can get the treatment they need and will also provide training and resources to health care professionals. Today’s announcement will make a difference for many Marylanders by helping to save lives and bring awareness to the danger of these drugs, especially those in underserved communities.”

This award is a part of $94 million in Affordable Care Act funding HHS announced today to 271 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services in health centers around the country, with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders in underserved populations.