Federal resources will also help law enforcement effectively respond to trauma cases involving substance abuse
Atlanta, Ga. — U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff is delivering new resources to prevent and treat opioid addiction across Georgia.
Sen. Ossoff is delivering $7 million to the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) to strengthen Georgia’s response to the opioid epidemic and save lives.
With this Federal funding, coming through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance grant program, the CJCC will distribute resources to cities and counties across the state to strengthen programs aimed at prevention and harm reduction, recovery support, and criminal intervention and diversion.
“Like so many Georgians, I’ve lost friends to the opioid epidemic. I’ve brought Republicans and Democrats together to help fund efforts that prevent and treat addiction and save lives across Georgia,” Sen. Ossoff said.
The CJCC will work with the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse to provide law enforcement throughout the state with trauma response training. The grant will also allow law enforcement agencies to promote education and prevention activities and support data-driven responses at the local level that address the misuse of opioids and other substances and expand access to treatment and recovery support.
Funding will also be used to conduct a statewide action plan and evaluation, which will be led by the Georgia Statistical Analysis Center.
Sen. Ossoff continues his advocacy for resources to respond to the opioid crisis and strengthen public safety.
Earlier this month, Sen. Ossoff delivered new funding through the DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs to help the Georgia Bureau of Investigations investigate fentanyl and opioid-related crimes across Georgia.
Last year, Sen. Ossoff’s bipartisan Rural Opioid Abuse Prevention Act with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) was signed into law, helping rural communities experiencing a high level of opioid overdoses respond to the crisis.
Also last year, Sen. Ossoff secured new resources to help crack down on illegal drug circulation in Georgia and combat future spreads.
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