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Justice Department awards Wisconsin more than $2 million to fight opioid crisis

Posted at 5:54 PM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 18:54:04-05

The Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs has announced awards of more than $333 million to help communities affected by the opioid crisis. More than $2 million of that amount will go areas across southeast Wisconsin.

The $2,076,810 will help public safety and public health professionals in the Eastern District of Wisconsin combat substance abuse and respond effectively to overdoses.

"Too many families in Wisconsin have suffered the loss of loved ones to the opioid crisis," said United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger. "The awards being announced here underscore the Justice Department's commitment to supporting a comprehensive approach to fighting the opioid crisis."

The awards announced Friday will support activities designed to cut down on the harm caused by these drugs. Grants will help law enforcement officers, emergency responders and treatment professionals coordinate their response to overdoses.

The money will also go to services for children and youth affected by the crisis and will support the nationwide network of drug and treatment courts. Other awards will address prescription drug abuse, expand the capacity of forensic labs and support opioid-related research.

The following awards were made to organizations in the Eastern District of Wisconsin:

  • Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division $1,199,999
  • Waukesha County $376,811
  • Washington County $500,000

Click here for more information about the programs and awards announced from the Justice Department.