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The Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) today announced grant awards totaling more than $300 million to help combat America's substance use crisis, which has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.
Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation is experiencing a precipitous rise in opioid and stimulant misuse and overdoses, said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. ?The Justice Department is committed to supporting programs aimed at addressing the substance use crisis that is devastating communities across the nation.
The most recent provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that, there were an estimated 100,306 drug overdose deaths in the United States during the 12-month period ending in April 2021, an increase of 28.5% from the 78,056 deaths during the same period the year before. To view the entire press release click here.