Nevada Attorney General urges organizations to apply for grants to combat opioids

Nevada Attorney General urges organizations to apply for grants to combat opioids
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Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford anticipates his office will award six grants between $50,000 and $100,000 to combat the opioid epidemic over the next few months.

The grants will support his office’s implementation of the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP). Six grants will be awarded in two areas – the first grants will be awarded to communities to help them make use of the data collected in ODMAP; the second to organizations that can create an application programming interface (API) to connect record management software to the ODMAP. Five awards will be made to communities, while one will be made to create an API.

ODMAP was started in the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area to track and log overdoses as a tool for law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and emergency medical providers to combat opioid abuse.

Ford’s grants will come from a larger grant his office won from the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program – part of the U.S. Department of Justice. That grant, for $698,000, would implement ODMAP in Nevada, as well as fund the other six grants he is offering to communities and agencies.

“The opioid crisis hit Nevada hard, and my office is actively working to hold responsible parties accountable and prevent future drug overdoses in our communities,” Ford said. “ODMAP is one of the most useful technologies at our disposal to evaluate overdose spikes and trends and to intervene when necessary. I encourage all local agencies committed to public health and safety to take advantage of this unique funding opportunity.”

Five awards will be given to communities, and one award will be given to create an API.

Agencies interested in applying for funding must submit a completed application by April 3, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. PST. A copy of the solicitation and application packet, as well as additional program information, can be found on the Nevada Attorney General’s website.

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