The funds will support public health and safety partnerships.
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy announced $276 million for law enforcement in areas of high-intensity drug trafficking to combat the opioid epidemic. The money will support public health and safety partnerships to reduce overdoses. Funds will also go to a surveillance tool that will track suspected drug overdoses in real time across the country.
The High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program will provide additional resources to 33 regional programs aimed at “reducing drug trafficking-related violence, enhancing prohibition efforts through improved data sharing and targeted action, and disrupting illicit financial operations.”
“This funding supports President Biden’s new comprehensive strategy to tackle two drivers of the overdose epidemic: untreated addiction and drug trafficking,” said Dr. Rahul Gupta, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Drug overdoses have killed 106,854 people in the United States in the past 12 months.
Pray with us as the Lord leads…
- For Director Gupta, who runs the National Drug Control Policy.
- For US officials working to fight the opioid epidemic.
- For High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program Administrators when using the funds.
Sources: Fox News, Washington Post