AppHealthCare will receive a three-year grant of up to $275,000 that it plans to use in Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany Counties.

The Watauga Democrat reports AppHealthCare was one of 23 health departments selected for the grant, part of a $7 million award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Community Linkages to Care” program to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health.

North Carolina health departments will receive a share of a $2.1 million award annually for up to three years to implement high-impact, community-level strategies to address the opioid crisis.

According to the report, AppHealthCare Health Director Jennifer Greene said the grant funds will be used for the development or expansion of syringe exchange programs, connection of justice-involved persons to care and the establishment of post-overdose response teams.

The goal is to prevent fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses, increase access to care services for vulnerable populations and build local capacity to respond to overdoses.