ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – The federal government is giving more than $1.7 million to five health centers and treatment providers in New Mexico to improve and expand substance-abuse services, particularly the treatment of opioid abuse.

Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced the grants being awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The senators said grants are going to First Choice Community Healthcare Inc. and First Nations Community Health Source Inc. in Albuquerque, La Familia Medical Center and Presbyterian Medical Services Inc. in Santa Fe, and the Pueblo of Jemez.

According to the senators, the funding will mean more people can be screened and treated for substance abuse and there’ll be more training for medical professionals so they can make informed prescribing decisions.