EASTPOINTE, Mich. - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his partnership with Michigan on Thursday to help up to ten states curb the opioid epidemic across the country.
That partnership includes a $10-million investment from his company Bloomberg Philanthropies.
That huge investment is to help the state of Michigan improve treatment and make sure those suffering from addiction have the support and recovery services needed to be successful.
Michigan joins Pennsylvania as the first two states chosen for this initiative.
Mayor Bloomberg says that's because Michigan is one of the hardest hit states to be affected by the opioid crisis.
The state ranks eighth in the country in the number of overdose deaths.
Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Gretchen Whitmer say the partnership will allow every Michigander the opportunity to learn about the dangers on the front end of opioid abuse.
"Governor Whitmer is committed to making this work and be a real priority. We will help her and her team attack the crisis from every angle from public awareness, to medication assisted treatment, to fighting over-prescriptions," said Bloomberg.
Mayor Bloomberg says if this initiative is successful in Michigan and Pennsylvania, his company believes they can create a blueprint on how to fight this epidemic across the entire country.