Seattle – U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran today announced awards of more than $6.5 million in Department of Justice grants to fight drug abuse and addiction in the Western District of Washington. The grants were awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and are part of more than $341 million going to communities nationwide.
“The addiction crisis has taken an enormous toll on America’s families and communities, eroding public health, threatening public safety and claiming tens of thousands of lives year after year,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “Through comprehensive measures taken by this administration, we have been able to curtail the opioid epidemic, but new and powerful drugs are presenting exceptional challenges that we must be prepared to meet. The Justice Department’s substantial investments in enforcement, response, and treatment will help us overcome these challenges and work towards freeing Americans from abuse and addiction.”
Illegal drugs and illicit drug use have claimed the lives of nearly 400,000 Americans since the turn of the century. Powerful synthetic opioids like fentanyl are exacting an enormous toll on families and communities, and an emergence in the use of methamphetamines and other psychostimulants is drawing drug traffickers and driving up overdose rates. Three years ago, President Trump declared a Public Health Emergency and initiated a whole-of-government approach dedicated to ending this national tragedy. The Department of Justice has invested unprecedented levels of funding in combating the addiction crisis. The awards announced today build on those earlier investments.
“If we hope to defeat an enemy as powerful, persistent and adaptable as illicit drugs, we must be at least as determined and versatile, focusing our ingenuity and resources on curbing abuse and fighting addiction,” said OJP’s Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan. “These grants will enable criminal justice officials and substance abuse, mental health, and other medical professionals to pool their assets and bring the full weight of our public safety and treatment systems down on this epidemic that has already caused so much harm.”
“As U.S. Attorney one of my most searing memories is meeting with the families who have lost loved ones to opioids – especially deadly fentanyl,” said U.S. Attorney Moran. “As we work to interdict shipments of these drugs, I also welcome DOJ support in enhancing the tools to help those gripped by addiction.”
Funding is made available through OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, National Institute of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
The following organizations received funding:
- Seattle-King County Health Department – $1,200,000 to expand access to treatment
- Makah Tribe – $591,768 to expand access to treatment
- Confederated Tribes of Chehalis – $339,519 to expand access to treatment
- Puyallup Tribe – $600,000 to expand access to treatment
- Washington State Department of Social and Health Services – $438,297 for residential substance about treatment in prisons
- Skagit County District Court – $399,368 to support community courts
- City of Olympia – $400,000 to support community courts
- Lummi Indian Business Council – $827,972 to support family drug courts
- Judiciary of the Courts of the State of Washington -$1,750,000 to support family drug courts