Nearly $8 million has been allocated by the department of Health and Human Services to go toward fighting the opioid epidemic in Colorado. HHS Secretary Tom Price announced last week that the agency will provide more than $485 million in federal grants to go towards fighting opioid abuse. The grants are part of the 21st Century Cures Act, which Congressman Scott Tipton helped pass at the end of last year. Tipton says the grants will help communities, especially those in rural areas, deal with the opiod epidemic, which at this time they don’t have the resources to fight. Grant allocations will be based on the number of people looking for, but not receiving opiod addiction treatment, and the rate of opioid overdose deaths in an area. Tipton’s staff is available to assist Colorado state agencies in navigating the federal grant process.