Justice Department sending $12.5 million to Minnesota for opioid abuse prevention

In an effort to combat the opioid crisis, the United States Justice Department is sending $12.5 million to Minnesota.

The department announced more than $333 million in funding nationwide Wednesday.

The money will help support organizations that are working to fight against opioid addiction and abuse throughout the state. Law enforcement organizations,  cities, counties, emergency responders and treatment professionals will all be recipients in Minnesota.

More than half of the funding in Minnesota will go to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which was awarded nearly $6.5 million.

All other organizations receiving awards will get less than $1 million, including the city of Minneapolis, the city of Duluth, Itasca County, Native American Community Clinic, Carver County, Beltrami County Drug Court, Mille Lacs County Drug Treatment Court, Scott County and Anoka County Court Administration.

“Everyday, families and communities are torn apart because of the opioid crisis. This funding will directly support communities throughout Minnesota that are working to combat the crisis and heal from its devastating impact,” said U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald.