The University of Alabama’s School of Social Work was awarded $3.2 million to study the stress of first responders and teach them to better deal with opioid overdoses.

In 2017, there was more than 420 overdoses in Alabama. The goal of the study is to lower the number of deaths from opioids in the state.

“This grant is going to be able to equip our first responders with free opioid overdose medication,” project director Shanna Mcintosh said. “Along with equipping them with referral source to have these particular patients they’re involved with to get services afterwards. Not just helping get them to the hospital. Make sure that the overdose isn’t fatal, but ensuring they have a follow up service.”

The project will also provide education to the general public about opioid safety.

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