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Money available to fight Maine’s opioid addiction crisis

March 22, 2020 GMT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. attorney for the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine wants the state to be aware that more than $163 million is available from the federal government to help fight the country’s addiction crisis.

The opioid crisis, in particular, has hit Maine hard. Overdose deaths in the state hit their highest level on record in 2017 at 417, and have remained well above historical levels since.

U.S. Attorney Halsey Frank said federal money to address the crisis is available from the U.S. Department of Justice. Katharine Sullivan, principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Office of Justice Programs, said the office is “making historic amounts of grant funding available to ensure that our communities have access to innovative and diverse solutions.”

The funding is available via programs such as the Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative and the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program.