Oklahoma To Get $6 Million To Fight Opioid Crisis


Tuesday, October 2nd 2018, 6:46 am
By: News On 6


October is national substance abuse prevention month, and the Department of Justice is announcing a huge grant to help fight the opioid crisis. 

The opioid crisis is the deadliest drug crisis in American history, and this extra funding will go to help those affected - including crime victims, families and first responders. 

The White House says this is a part of President Trump's three-step plan to end opioid abuse. The three steps they are referring to are prevention, treatment and enforcement. 

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The grant will distribute $320 million across the country and nearly $6 million of that will be used here in Oklahoma. 
$1 million will go toward research on the effectiveness of family drug courts. About $950,000 will be used for a comprehensive abuse site program. 

And - the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs will receive $750,000 to strengthen the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

List of grant recipients:

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs
$750,000 to strengthen the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
$485,786 for state-wide drug courts
$889,229 for enhancement of family drug courts
$600,000 for new family drug courts
$1,000,000 for research on the effectiveness of family drug courts

Cleveland County Drug Court
$250,000 for enhancements to drug courts
$300,000 for enhancements to veteran treatment courts

Muscogee Creek Nation
$943,088 for a comprehensive abuse site-based program
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.
$750,000 for services for children and youth affected by the opioid crisis