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Minnesota awarded $12.5M to fight opioid crisis

Minnesota awarded $12.5M to fight opioid crisis Photo: KSTP

Updated: December 18, 2019 01:34 PM

Minnesota has been awarded more than $12.5 million to help public safety and public health professionals combat substance abuse and respond effectively to overdoses.

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the news Wednesday as part of the Justice Department's decision to award $333 million to communities across the country to fight the opioid crisis.

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"The opioid crisis has destroyed far too many lives and left too many Americans feeling helpless and hopeless," said Principle Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan for the Office of Justice Programs. "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. The Department of Justice is here to support them during this unprecedented and extremely challenging time."

The funding will help support an array of activities designed to reduce the harm inflicted by opioids, the attorney's office said. Grants will help law enforcement, emergency responders and treatment professionals coordinate their response to overdoses, while also providing services for children and youth affected.

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