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Federal grants awarded to battle opioid crisis in Montana

Posted at 10:02 AM, Oct 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-02 12:02:57-04
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The US Department of Justice is awarding almost $320 million to combat the opioid crisis in America. (MTN News photo)

WASHINGTON, DC – The US Department of Justice marked the first day of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month by awarding almost $320 million to combat the opioid crisis in America.

The funding will directly help those most impacted by the deadliest drug crisis in American history, including crime victims, children, families, and first responders.

Various agencies throughout Montana were awarded a total of almost $5 million dollars. with the Montana Department of Corrections Crime Control Bureau picking up $1.3 million.

Meanwhile, Safe Care, LLC got over $440,000, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes was awarded $750,000 and the Montana Supreme Court OCA got about $493,000.

Other federal money was given to the Judiciary Court of Montana, drug treatment courts in Butte-Silver Bow County and the Judiciary Courts of the State of Montana.

The US Centers for Diesease Control and Prevention reports that more than 72,000 Americans lost their lives to drug overdoses in 2017, an increase from the 64,000 deaths in 2016.