US Attorney Stephen Muldrow today announced the allocation of more than three million dollars in grants from the Department of Justice to combat drug abuse and addiction in Puerto Rico.
The grants were awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OPJ) and are part of more than $ 341 million going to communities across the country.
“The addiction crisis has taken a huge toll on America’s families and communities, eroding public health, threatening public safety, and claiming tens of thousands of lives year after year,” said Attorney General William P. Barr.
He added that “through the extensive measures taken by this administration, we have been able to curb the opioid epidemic, but powerful new drugs present exceptional challenges that we must be prepared to face.”
Illegal drugs and illicit drug use have claimed the lives of nearly 400,000 Americans since the turn of the century. Powerful synthetic opioids like fentanyl are taking a huge toll on families and communities, and the rise of methamphetamine and other psychostimulant use is attracting traffickers and increasing overdose rates.
Three years ago, President Trump declared a public health emergency and initiated a dedicated government-wide approach to ending this national tragedy. The Department of Justice has invested unprecedented levels of funding to combat the addiction crisis.
“Fighting the opioid crisis is a priority of the Department of Justice. Prevention and access to effective treatment for opioid abuse and addiction are critical to fighting this epidemic, ”said Attorney Muldrow.
The financing favors the following organizations:
• Municipality of Bayamón: $ 890,070 for the Comprehensive On-Site Opioid, Stimulant and Substance Abuse Program, which provides financial and technical assistance to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions to reduce opioid and stimulant abuse and deaths, and mitigate the impacts on crime victims.
• Addiction and Mental Health Services Administration (Assmca), two million dollars for the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which improves the capacity of law enforcement and regulatory agencies and public health officials to collect and Analyze the prescription of controlled substances data and other scheduled chemicals.
• Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, $ 217,516 for the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program for State Prisoners, which helps states develop and implement residential substance abuse treatment programs within state and local correctional facilities.