Drug settlement money to fund addiction treatment

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says the state's substance abuse treatment programs will get a $32 million infusion of funding from settlements with two pharmaceutical companies.

Conway said Monday that almost $19 million will be used to start a grant program for treatment programs for juveniles. It will expand treatment beds at existing facilities and create new treatment programs.

Another $500,000 will complete construction of a Recovery Kentucky Center in Boyd County to provide treatment in northeastern Kentucky.

Money will also create drug-free homes for people transitioning out of residential treatment programs.

Conway says the investment will save lives and communities riddled by drug addiction.

The money comes from settlements recovered by Conway's office in lawsuits against two drug companies.

Joining Conway in the announcement were Gov. Steve Beshear and House Speaker Greg Stumbo.

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