Opioid Art

This Aug. 29, 2018 photo shows an arrangement of Oxycodone pills.

KALKASKA — New federal dollars will pay for improved access to drug recovery treatment in Clare and Kalkaska counties.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow announced Wednesday more than $50,000 in new federal funds to improve access to quality opioid treatment through new telemedicine efforts in the two northern Lower Michigan counties. The idea is ensure patients can get the care they need without traveling long distances for treatment.

This investment comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine program in the 2018 Farm Bill, which Stabenow co-authored.

Stabenow is a ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.