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Justice Department Awards More Than $333 Million To Fight Opioid Crisis

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida
More than $4 Million Will Support Efforts to Combat Drugs and Crime in the Middle District of Florida

Tampa, FL – The Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs has announced awards of more than $333 million to help communities affected by the opioid crisis. $4,149,896 will help public safety and public health professionals in the Middle District of Florida combat substance abuse and respond effectively to overdoses. OJP Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan made the announcement during a visit with local, state and federal officials in West Virginia, one of the states hardest hit by the epidemic.

“The opioid crisis has destroyed far too many lives and left too many Americans feeling helpless and hopeless,” said PDAAG Sullivan. “This epidemic—the most deadly in our nation’s history—is introducing new dangers and loading public health responsibilities onto the public safety duties of our law enforcement officers. The Department of Justice is here to support them during this unprecedented and extremely challenging time.”

With more than 130 people dying from opioid-related overdoses every day, the Department of Justice has made fighting addiction to opioids—including heroin and fentanyl—a national priority. The Trump Administration is providing critical funding for a wide range of activities—from preventive services and comprehensive treatment to recovery assistance, forensic science services and research—to help save lives and break the cycle of addiction and crime.

“We plan to continue to use every tool in our arsenal to combat the illegal distribution and use of opioids in our community,” said U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez. “These additional resources will increase the ability of our partners to save the lives of those affected by this dangerous epidemic.”

The awards announced today support an array of activities designed to reduce the harm inflicted by these dangerous drugs. Grants will help law enforcement officers, emergency responders and treatment professionals coordinate their response to overdoses. Funds will also provide services for children and youth affected by the crisis and will support the nationwide network of drug and treatment courts. Other awards will address prescription drug abuse, expand the capacity of forensic labs and support opioid-related research.

The following awards were made to organizations in the Middle District of Florida.

City of Tampa (Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program)  


Family Support Services of North Florida (Enhancing Community  Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving our Youngest Crime Victims)  


Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners (Opioid Affected  Youth Initiative)                                                                


Nassau County Board of County Commissioners (Adult Court and Veterans Treatment Courts Discretionary Grant Program)         


Brevard County (Adult Court and Veterans Treatment Courts Discretionary Grant Program)                   


Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners (Adult Court and Veterans Treatment Courts Discretionary Grant Program)                         

Pinellas County (Paul Coverdell Competitive Grant Program)   $189,565


In addition, the following statewide awards were made to organizations in Florida.

Florida Office of the State Courts Administrator (Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program)                                                              


Institute for Intergovernmental Research (Opioid Affected Youth Initiative)  


Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (Statewide and Regional Mentoring Initiatives for Youth Impacted by Opioids)                                           



Information about the programs and awards announced today is available here. For more information about OJP awards, visit the OJP Awards Data webpage.

The Office of Justice Programs, directed by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan, provides federal leadership, grants, training and technical assistance, and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, assist victims and enhance the rule of law by strengthening the criminal and juvenile justice systems. More information about OJP and its components can be found at


Updated December 19, 2019