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Press Release

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

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

$ 2,689,009 Will Support Efforts to Combat Drugs and Crime in the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Harrisburg - The Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs announced on December 13, 2019, awards of more than $333 million to help communities affected by the opioid crisis. $2,689,009 will help public safety and public health professionals in the Middle District of Pennsylvania 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.

“The opioid crisis – both a crime issue and a public health issue – has severely impacted the lives of the citizens of the Middle District of Pennsylvania,” said U.S. Attorney David Freed.  “These sorely needed funds will allow our devastated communities to forge local solutions that work for their specific areas, and foster understanding of the best methods to prevent overdoses and save lives.  We in the United States Attorney’s Office are proud to collaborate with our state and local partners as they implement their programs.”

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 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based program awards were made to organizations in the Middle District of Pennsylvania:

  • Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office - $900,000
  • Wyoming County - $600,000
  • York County - $1,189,009

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


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Updated December 16, 2019