Erie County will receive more than $3.4 million in federal grant funding to combat the opioid epidemic through the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
According to local officials, the money will be used to implement the probation opioid response initiative along with an opioid overdose review board that will help inform future public health policies related to opioid addiction. The county’s department of health will also receive money over the next four years to support initiatives under the Erie County Opioid Task Force, including connecting overdose survivors with treatment and providing first responders with Narcan training.
Additionally, Lackawanna’s drug court will receive $492,956. Drug courts have proven to reduce the tendency of a convicted individual to reoffend and increases their likelihood of a successful rehabilitation by focusing on recovery and treatment for non-violent offenders as opposed to jail time.
“Erie County has made great strides in battling the opioid epidemic,” said Legislator Lynne Dixon. “This grant will provide resources to strengthen our fight, including the expansion of important services and improving education and treatment strategies. I would like to thank everyone on the state, local and federal levels who have dedicated their efforts to helping us solve the opioid crisis.”