Department of Justice to award $159M in grants to combat drug addiction

Department of Justice to award $159M in grants to combat drug addiction

The Department of Justice recently made available more than $159 million in grants to combat the drug addiction crisis, U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced.

“Our office participates in numerous outreach programs that focus on addiction awareness, prevention, and recovery,” McSwain said. “These grants are one aspect of that effort: through these grants, we are providing those affected by addiction with a path forward to long-term recovery. This is an important initiative that helps those directly and indirectly affected by addiction, while making our communities safer at the same time.”

The funding will be through the Office of Justice Programs. Among the programs supported are those designed to prevent overdose deaths and break the cycle of addiction and crime.

“Our nation is facing the difficult challenge of curbing substance addiction, which threatens public safety and is among the Administration’s top domestic priorities,” said Katharine T. Sullivan, principal deputy assistant attorney general for OJP. “The Department of Justice is front and center in the fight to meet this challenge.”

Funding is available through programs, including, but not limited to, $1.7 million for the Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court Discretionary Grant Program, $7.2 million for the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Program, $18.2 million for the Family Drug Court Program, $27 million for the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program, and $48 million for the Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative.

OJP officials said additional funding opportunities will be made available in the near future.