Menendez, Booker Announce More than $3.6 M to Combat Opioid Crisis in New Jersey

Menendez, Booker Announce More than $3.6 M to Combat Opioid Crisis in New Jersey

NJ wins one of only 17 grants in the nation to bolster law enforcement efforts as part of comprehensive strategy South Jersey Non-profit to focus on children impacted by the epidemic

NEWARK, N.J. -- U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced that the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety has been awarded nearly $3 million in federal funding to bolster law enforcement efforts in cracking down on the illegal distribution of heroin, meth, and other opioids across the state. They also announced that the Center for Family Services in Camden was awarded $750,000 to provide services to children impacted by the opioid crisis from the Department of Justice.


“We know that opioid addiction and deaths from heroin, prescription and synthetic opioid overdoses are growing all across New Jersey,” said Sen. Menendez.  “This epidemic destroys lives and families from all walks of life, impacting our friends, neighbors and loved ones.  We also know that tackling this crisis requires a coordinated approach that includes resources for treatment, education, awareness and services for children, as well as for law enforcement to target the flow of illegal drugs like heroin and other opioids at the local level.  That’s why I am very happy that this federal investment will bolster New Jersey’s comprehensive strategy and the efforts of so many men and women working on the front lines.


"Opioid addiction has taken a devastating toll on our nation and continues to tear apart individuals, families and communities across New Jersey,” said Sen. Booker.  “The key to finding long-term solutions to this crisis is supporting partnerships between public health and public safety agencies through federal investments like this.  I stand committed to fighting for federal resources that support law enforcement efforts, bolster substance abuse and mental health treatment funding, and promote public awareness and education on the issue so that, together, we can tackle this crisis head on.”


Specifically, the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety was awarded $2,868,909 from the COPS Office’s Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program.  AHTF provides two years of funding directly to law enforcement agencies in states with high per capita levels of primary treatment admissions for heroin and other opioids. This funding will support the location or investigation of illicit activities related to the distribution of heroin or the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids.


Recently, the President signed into law the Opioid Crisis Response Act which includes several measures authored by the Senators.