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Tampa, Pinellas County Share in Federal Dollars to Combat Opioid Addiction

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Tampa and Pinellas County will receive a total of about $2.6 million in funding from various programs, according to the Justice Department.

WASHINGTON, DC – The city of Tampa and Pinellas County will received money from federal grants designed to help combat opioid addiction, according to an announced from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Justice Department on Friday (Dec. 13) announced awards of more than $333 million to help communities affected by the opioid crisis. The funds support families, children and crime victims dealing with the impact of substance abuse, along with first responders whose actions can often mean the difference between life and death for those who have overdosed.

“The opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis this country has ever faced,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “The Department of Justice is committed to using all means available to bring drug traffickers to justice, disrupt the supply chain, support our law enforcement officers, and help the victims.”

The more than $333 million in awards will be distributed to jurisdictions throughout the U.S. in order to maximize the effectiveness of the funding. For information about OJP awards, go to the OJP Awards Data webpage.

Funding was awarded to Tampa and Pinellas under these programs:

Tampa is slated to received about $900,000 under the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Programs, which aims to help jurisdictions plan and implement programs aimed at reducing opioid abuse and mitigating its impact on crime victims and will provide training and technical assistance.

The Pinellas County Commission will receive about $1 million from the Opioid Affected Youth Initiative, which oversees the development of effective programs for children, youth and their families who have been affected by the opioid crisis and drug addiction.

The Pinellas County Commission is expected to receive an additional $500,000 under the Drug Courts Program, which provides financial and technical assistance to states and federally recognized tribes to develop and implement drug courts to help adults, youth and veterans suffering from substance abuse issues.

Pinellas County is slated to receive about $189,565 under the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant Program. The funds are being made available to address the impact of the opioid crisis on forensic laboratory operations.

“The opioid crisis has destroyed far too many lives and left too many Americans feeling helpless and hopeless,” said Office of Justice Programs Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan. “This epidemic — the most deadly in our nation’s history — is introducing new dangers and loading public health responsibilities onto the public safety duties of our law enforcement officers. OJP is here to support them through this unprecedented and extremely challenging time.”

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