Washington, DC — The battle against opioid addiction got a big boost yesterday. Kentucky will receive nearly $31.5 million in federal funds to reinforce efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the funding yesterday and comes just a few weeks after Kentucky officials reported the first statewide drop in drug overdose deaths since 2013. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the federal money will be part of the State Opioid Response Grants Program and will reinforce the life-saving work being done to fight opioid abuse. The executive director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, Van Ingram, says the drop in the state’s overdose deaths shows that the increased federal support is making a difference in Kentucky.