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Lt Governor Announces New Round of Grant Funding to Fight Heroin problem

October 7th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford today announced that Maryland has taken additional steps in its fight against the heroin and opioid epidemic by providing $608,832 in grant funding to projects designed to identify and apprehend drug dealers, especially those involved in gangs; help Maryland families battling substance abuse; and provide Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs and other re-entry programs to inmates at local detention centers. The office of the Allegany County States Attorney will receive more than $55,000. Last February, to address Maryland’s growing heroin and opioid crisis, Governor Hogan formally created the Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force—a group made up of law enforcement professionals, elected officials, and substance abuse experts—and appointed Lt. Governor Rutherford as its chair. The funds announced today will be administered by the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention (GOCCP), and support the broad mission and efforts of the Task Force.

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