(LANSING, Mich.) -- The National Governors Association selected the Great Lakes State to participate in a program aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse throughout the United States, officials announced Tuesday.
In the year-long Policy Academy on Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse program, Michigan participants will learn about interventions and policies and work with five other states to create specific strategies combating the issue.
Minnesota, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Vermont were also selected to join the project. Yet, the Michigan Department of Community Health will lead the state's efforts.
Michigan's pharmaceutical drug overdose death rate increased by 136 percent from 2003 to 2012, according to officials.
“Prescription drug abuse is a growing concern in our communities, throughout our state, and across our nation,” said James K. Haveman, director of the MDCH. “The Policy Academy is an excellent opportunity for key policy makers within Michigan to collaborate with others across the nation to find better, innovative ways to protect the health of our residents.”
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