Justice Department allocates $319M+ to fight opioid epidemic

The Department of Justice will distribute almost $320 million to support individuals affected by opioid-related crimes.

The department announced the funding Oct. 1 to mark the first day of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.

The department's Office of Justice Programs will distribute the $319.6 million among the following opioid programs across the country:

  • Innovative Prosecution Solutions for Combating Violent Crime and Opioid Abuse — $2.8 million
  • Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program — $162 million
  • Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program — $5.9 million
  • Helping Children and Youth Impacted by Opioids — $46.6 million
  • Drug Courts — $81.2 million
  • Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant Program — $17 million
  • Opioid-Related Research for Criminal Justice Purposes — $4.1 million

"President Trump has made ending the opioid crisis a priority for this administration, and under his leadership, the Department of Justice has taken historic action," said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a press release. "Today we are announcing our next steps: investing $320 million into all three parts of the president's comprehensive plan to end the epidemic: prevention, treatment, and enforcement. We are attacking this crisis from every angle — and we will not let up until we bring it to an end."

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