Worcester Awarded $744K in Federal Grants to Combat Opioid Crisis

by | Oct 3, 2018 | Headlines, Health, News

WORCESTER – The Dept. of Justice announced on Wednesday that the City of Worcester is among 12 state programs to receive more than $8.4 million to combat the state’s opioid crisis.

Specifically, Worcester will receive $744, 668.

On Oct. 1, the first day of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the DOJ is awarding nearly $320 million in federal funding to help those most impacted by the deadliest drug crisis in American history.

“In 2017, over 2,000 Massachusetts residents died from drug overdoses,” said United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling. “The opioid crisis is an unprecedented public health crisis in the United States, but we are committed to the President’s plan to end the epidemic through prevention, treatment and enforcement. With over $8 million in federal grant funding, programs in Massachusetts can expand to serve larger populations, increase services, and support those who are most impacted by this deadly epidemic. I applaud the grant recipients for their commitment to serve their communities in this way.”

Other recipients of federal grant funding in Massachusetts include:

  • The Middle District Attorney’s Office awarded one grant of $360,000 and one of $500,000;
  • Boston  Police Department awarded $305,362;
  • City of Holyoke Police Department awarded $448,025;
  • Massachusetts Administrative Office of the Trial Court awarded $1.5 million;
  • Advocates for Human Potential awarded $1.55 million;
  • Plymouth County Outreach awarded $496,650;
  • Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office awarded $541,300;
  • Franklin County Sheriff’s Office awarded $1,000,999; and
  • LUK Crisis Center awarded $500,000.
  • Wayside Youth and Family Support Network awarded $481,428

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Patrick Sargent is the founder and lead reporter for ThisWeekinWorcester.com. He was born and raised on Grafton Hill and is a graduate of Holy Name high school and Worcester State University. Previous to starting TWIW, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Before that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He can be contacted at [email protected]