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Missouri, Illinois to receive millions in Justice Department anti-opioid grants

St. Louis Post Dispatch

Wednesday, October 3, 2018  |  Article  |  By Robert Patrick

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WASHINGTON • The Justice Department announced Monday that it was awarding nearly $320 million to combat opioid abuse, including millions of dollars to Missouri and Illinois.

The money will go to "prevention, treatment and enforcement," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a news release, to help crime victims, children, families and first responders.

Nearly $2 million of a total of $81.2 million is going to Missouri's Office of State Courts Administrator to support drug courts, the department said.

The city of St. Louis will receive $982,835, the bulk of which will be used to combat opiod overdoses via "predictive analytics," according to city documents about the award.

The Illinois Department of Human Services is set to receive $750,000 out of money earmarked to "strengthen" prescription drug monitoring programs.

And the veterans treatment court in Madison County will receive $502,058, the department said.

Other jurisdictions in both states received money. A complete list of grant recipients is available here.