DOJ Grants $6 Million To Fund Opioid Treatment Programs In Oklahoma

Tuesday, October 2nd 2018, 10:15 am
By: Grant Hermes

Oklahoma is getting help from the US Department of Justice to fight opioid abuse. 

Oklahoma is getting just under 6 million dollars to help fund programs to help those affected by the opioid crisis.  Some of the money is going to a pair of state agencies. The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse is getting the largest piece of the pie at about 3 million dollars.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is getting $750,000.

The money is also going to groups like the Muskogee Creek Nation which is getting more than $940,000 for abuse site services and the Legal Aid Services, 

Oklahoma is getting $750,000 for programs that work with children affected by opioid addiction.

444 Oklahomans died in drug overdoses in 2016 according to The Oklahoma State Department of Health. 

The money is at least in part the President making good on a campaign promise to fight opioid abuse in some of the hardest hit states like Oklahoma. 

In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions says in part "We are attacking this crisis from every angle, and we will not let up until we bring it to an end."

Oklahoma is a part of a group of states suing some of the major drug makers for telling doctors opioids were less addictive than they knew to be.