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Heroin & Opioid Awareness Week

Heroin & Opioid Awareness Week

Prescription Opioid & Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, September 18-24, 2016

President Obama has designated the week of September 18-24, 2016, as Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week. 

“The heroin and opioid epidemic is one of the most urgent law enforcement and public health challenges facing our country,” said Attorney General Lynch.  “Through National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week, the Department of Justice seeks to raise awareness and prevent new victims from succumbing to addiction; to highlight the department’s ongoing commitment to holding accountable traffickers and others responsible for this epidemic; and to help provide treatment to those grappling with addiction.  To be successful in this important endeavor, we need the help of all our federal, tribal, state and local partners.  In the months ahead, we will continue working to erase this scourge from our communities and to ensure a brighter future for all Americans.”

Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week will reinforce the Justice Department’s three-fold approach to the opioid and heroin epidemic: 

  1. Prevent new victims from succumbing to addition
  2. Strengthen enforcement efforts
  3. Provide treatment for addiction

During this week, the Attorney General, the Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General, and various component heads, as well as U.S. Attorneys' Offices and Bureau of Prison facilities participate in over 250 events across the country as part of a state-by-state strategy in coordination with DOJ leadership.


Event Highlights

Monday, September 19, 2016

  • Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates visited a Bureau of Prisons' (BOP) Community Treatment Services program at the Renaissance Medical Group in Washington, D.C.  The Community Treatment Program is the final stage of BOP’s Residential Drug Abuse Program, as inmates completing their sentences transition through Residential Reentry Centers.  This visit will highlight BOPs efforts to provide treatment to inmates with substance abuse issues, particularly prescription and other forms of opioids.
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  • Acting Bureau of Prisons Director Thomas Kane met participants in a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) at the Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Maryland.  This event is being held in conjunction with other special programming created during the Administration’s Awareness Week within the 90 RDAPs around the country to help raise awareness about the severity of heroin and prescription opioid abuse.  Activities also included presentations by mental health service providers, inmate panel discussions, and observing moments of silence during community meetings for lives lost to opioid addiction.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

  • Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office Director Ron Davis participated in a joint event at the Indianapolis Police Department headquarters to announce grant funding to support law enforcement efforts to combat the distribution and trafficking of heroin, methamphetamine and other harmful opioids.  The COPS Office will also release a new report, “Building Successful Partnerships Between Law Enforcement and Public Health Officials to Address Opioid Abuse,” to serve as a resource to better assist law enforcement strategies to address the complex rising challenges posed by opioid overdoses. 
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