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Michigan on Thursday is set to become the second state to receive a share of a $ 50 million investment to help combat opioid crisis nationwide, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and former Mayor of New York Michael R. Bloomberg.

Michigan on Thursday is set to become the second state to receive part of a $ 50 million investment to help combat opioid crisis nationwide, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. In November, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the partnership between Vital Strategies, the Pew Charitable Trust, the Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the CDC Foundation. Its goal is to help up to 10 states in the next three years find ways to strengthen prevention and treatment efforts for opioid inclination.

"Our immediate goal is to save the lives of many Michigan residents as long as possible," Bloomberg and Whitmer said in a piece of visitor opinion at The Detroit News on Thursday. "And if we succeed, our work will help to create a plan for the nation how to end this crisis once and for all."

Pennsylvania chose to be the first state to participate in the initiative and received at least $ 10 million in funding to reduce the death of opioid, according to Bloomberg-led team and working in more than 120 countries.

CDC data show that there are over 47,000 deaths from opioid overdoses across the country in 2017.

Michigan's inclusion comes as the opioid crisis is more pronounced in the state. In 2016, overdoses of Detroit have reached nearly 40 percent of the 538 death-related deaths in Wayne County. In total, 1,786 Michigan residents died that year from opioid overdoses, showing state figures.

The number of deaths related to opioid in Detroit has risen from 46 in 2012 to 280 in 2017, according to Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services.

The October state reports a new record: 1,941 of the 2,729 overdose deaths in 2017 are related to opioid.

The initiative follows the laws signed by President Donald Trump in October that adds treatment options and gets the US Postal Service to screen packages abroad for a synthetic form of opioids called fentanyl sent mainly from China.

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