Adams County will receive $600,000 to help fight the opioid epidemic.
It’s all part of the more than $333 million dollars allotted by the Justice Department to help areas hit hard by the crisis. Over $6 million dollars has been allocated to the Southern Ohio region to help first responders and medical professionals fight substance abuse and properly respond to overdoses.
Adams County will use the $600,000 to develop a comprehensive response to the opioid crisis that, according to the Department of Justice will, “Expand access to supervision, treatment and recovery support services across the criminal justice system; support law enforcement and other first responder diversion programs for non-violent drug offenders; promote education and prevention activities and address the needs of children impacted by the opioid epidemic. All projects are expected to involve multiple agencies and partners.”
Hocking and Hancock Counties, as well as the city of Hamilton, Ohio, received similar $600,000 grants.
The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy received close to $2 million to develop a better prescription monitoring system.
The Mental Health Recovery Board of Union County is getting just under $600,000 to facilitate treatment options for those in the criminal justice system.
Advocates for Basic Legal Equality will get close to $500,000 to help children affected by the crisis.
Fairfield Co. will receive $500,000 to treat veterans, Montgomery Co. $500,000 to treat juveniles, and Butler County $13,000 to improve the Coroner’s Office