Menendez, Booker announce $3M to combat opioid crisis

U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, both Democrats, announced Friday the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety has been awarded nearly $3 million in federal funding to bolster law enforcement efforts in cracking down on the illegal distribution of heroin and other opioids across the state.

“We know all too well how the opioid epidemic can destroy lives and families from all walks of life, and how it’s impacting our friends, neighbors and loved ones,” Menendez said in a statement. “We also know that tackling this crisis requires a coordinated approach that includes resources for treatment, education, awareness and services for children, as well as for law enforcement to target the flow of illegal drugs like heroin and other opioids at the local level. That’s why I am very happy that this federal investment will bolster New Jersey’s comprehensive strategy and the efforts of so many men and women working on the front lines.”

Booker said that the nation’s opioid epidemic has taken a devastating toll on families and communities across New Jersey.

Gov. Phil Murphy thanked Menendez and Booker for their work in securing the funding to provide the women and men in uniform with the training they need to ensure that bad actor dealers and distributors are held accountable for their actions.

Specifically, the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety was awarded $2,898,566 from the COPS Office’s Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program at the Department of Justice. AHTF provides two years of funding directly to law enforcement agencies in states with high per capita levels of primary treatment admissions for heroin and other opioids. This funding will support the location or investigation of illicit activities related to the distribution of heroin or the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids.

Anthony Vecchione, senior reporter, NJBIZ
Anthony Vecchione
Anthony Vecchione covers health care for NJBIZ. You can contact him at: Avecchione@njbiz.com.

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