The Maryland and St. Mary’s County health departments will receive a total of more than $1.6 million in U.S. Justice Department grants to combat the opioid crisis, the federal agency announced Tuesday.
In addition, Cecil County and Salisbury will get a total of more than $1 million from the Justice Department as part of its $320 million nationwide grant program in response to what U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called an opioid epidemic.
The $994,523 earmarked for the Maryland Department of Health as well as the $648,221 headed to St. Mary’s is designed to support public safety, behavior health and public health information-sharing partnerships, the Justice Department stated.
Cecil County’s grant, $639,720, will go to help children harmed by the opioid crisis and Salisbury’s $443,469 will go toward enhancing drug courts that favor treatment over incarceration, the department added.
“President Trump has made ending the opioid crisis a priority for this administration and under his leadership, the Department of Justice has taken historic action,” Sessions said in a prepared statement. “We are attacking the crisis from every angle—and we will not let up until we bring it to an end.”