Two Illinois counties receive $1.6M to fight opioid abuse

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The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs recently awarded more than $1.5 million to two Northeastern Illinois counties to combat opioid and stimulant abuse.

Kane County received $500,000 through the DOJ’s Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court Discretionary Grant Program. The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center received $1.1 million through the DOJ’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program Grant.

“Too many Illinois families have been devastated by the opioid crisis that is ravaging communities across the country,” U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood (R-IL) said. “To fight this public health crisis, strong federal support is necessary, and I’m pleased to see Kane and Lake County have been awarded resources to help support effective, evidence-based substance abuse treatment and prevention programs in our community.”

Underwood has supported several initiatives to fight the drug crisis since being elected to office in 2018. This includes supporting $3.6 billion investments in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for both fiscal years 2020 and 2021 and voting to increase funding for both the Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court Discretionary Grant Program and the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program in fiscal year 2021 appropriations.

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