$511,078 grant will help Lexington Fire Department to fight opioid epidemic

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A $511,078 federal grant for the City of Lexington’s Fire Department will help in fighting the opioid epidemic.

The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP).

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This award will enable Lexington to continue services for survivors of substance abuse overdoses, which includes casework management, treatment providers, housing assistance and other mental health resources.

“During the pandemic, it is important now more than ever to maintain our investments in substance abuse prevention, response and recovery efforts,” said U.S. Rep. Andy Barr in announcing the grant.  “In the past, I have accompanied the Department on ride-along visits to Kentuckians recovering from overdoses and seen first-hand the impact these services have.  I was happy to support this grant request and I applaud the DOJ for stepping up to help local governments meet this challenge.  Together, we will defeat this epidemic.”

“Substance use disorders have been sapping the life out of our City, and having an impact on quality of life, workforce and city services,” added Mayor Linda Gorton.“The isolation many people are experiencing because of COVID-19 has driven up overdose rates, erasing much of the progress we made in recent years.”