Category: opioid epidemic

In Rural America, Violent Crime Reaches Highest Level in a Decade

Governing By Alan Greenblatt When you think about crime, what do you picture? Probably the dark and scary streets of a crowded city. After all, cop shows always seem to be set in big cities. But while violent crime is still a problem in urban areas, many of them are in fact safer now than they’ve been in …

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Apply Now: Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis—Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is seeking applications for grants that support young crime victims and enhance community-driven responses to the current opioid crisis. The purpose of this solicitation is to address an urgent gap in crime victim services related to the increasing use of opioids and to expand upon …

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Apply Now: Opioid Affected Youth Initiative

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is seeking applications for funding under the FY2018 Opioid Affected Youth Initiative. The initiative will fund sites to develop a data-driven, coordinated response to identify and address the challenges that result from opioid addiction that are impacting youth and community safety. Sites will work …

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Opinion: If Addiction Is a Disease, Why Is Relapsing a Crime?

The New York Times By New York Times staff When Julie Eldred tested positive for fentanyl in 2016, 11 days into her probation for a larceny charge, she was sent to jail. Such outcomes are typical in the American criminal justice system, even though, as Ms. Eldred’s lawyer has argued, ordering a drug addict to …

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Apply Now: Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Program

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, in partnership with the Office for Victims of Crime, is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program (COAP). COAP is designed to: support first responders and provide for the needs of crime victims; support diversion programs for non-violent individuals with illicit and prescription opioid addictions; implement …

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Apply Now: Improving Access to Overdose Treatment Program

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention is accepting applications for the FY 2018 Improving Access to Overdose Treatment (OD Treatment Access) program. SAMHSA will award OD Treatment Access funds to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), opioid treatment programs, or practitioners who have a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. The …

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Tennessee Governor Touts $30M Plan to Fight Opioid Epidemic

U.S. News & World Report By Jonathan Mattise Gov. Bill Haslam touted a $30 million plan Monday that focuses on prevention, treatment and law enforcement to attack an opioid epidemic that kills at least three people a day in Tennessee. The Republican governor released details of the ‘TN Together’ initiative in a news conference Monday alongside …

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Clark County’s Recovery High School Helps At-Risk Pupils

Las Vegas Review-Journal By Meghin Delaney  Khara Greenwell knows from her drug treatment program that there are three mainstays in the lives of those dealing with addiction: jails, institutions and death. At 16, she’s seen two of the three. “I knew death was next,” she said of her decision to shake her addiction to mind-altering …

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Yadkin County, NC Commissioners Learn at National Convention

The Yadkin Ripple By Beanie Taylor As students returned to their regular regime of learning, Yadkin County Commissioner Kevin Austin described the education commissioners received over the summer. In addition to one every early spring in Washington D.C., the National Association of Counties holds a traveling national conference every summer. “This is the first time any …

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Wilmington, NC’s Solution to the Opioid Crisis

Governing By J. Brian Charles Jonathan Alexander Hayes was driving while high on opioids. It was the morning of Nov. 1, 2016, and the 24-year-old was approaching the busy intersection of Oleander Drive and Independence Boulevard in Wilmington, N.C., when he overdosed. Ahead of Hayes’ truck was the Richardson family. Mason, who was three days …

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