White House announces $1.5 billion to help with substance abuse

(CNN) — The White House is taking steps it hopes will help combat the country’s drug problem. 

Officials announced nearly $1.5 billion dollars will be used to fight substance abuse. 

The grants will be used to fund prevention, treatment, recovery and harm reduction services. 

Just over $100 million is ear-marked for expansion in rural communities. Wisconsin DHS is set to receive $16,917,133.

The Biden Administration is also planning to host a national recovery month summit that will celebrate those who are recovering from substance abuse. 

Officials say the U.S. has seen 108,000 fatal drug overdoses over the past 12 months. 

That breaks down to one death every five minutes.