DOJ Grants Seek to Find Ways to Prevent Opioid Abuse in Youth

A new DOJ grant seeks to find ways to prevent opioid abuse in youth and collect data to back up program success.
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Programs funded by the grant will use data to show successes and reveal evidence-based approaches that address different types of opioid abuse in youth. 

A new discretionary grant was recently announced by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs to identify ways to prevent opioid abuse in youth and improve community safety.

Cities and towns nationwide are eligible to apply for the nearly $7 million in grant funds available for the Opioid Affected Youth Initiative, with a maximum grant request of $1 million.

The grants are intended to fund programs that use data to determine:

This could include both legal and illegal opioids. Is there a population with heavy heroin use, or are legal prescription drugs the issue? Both are opioids, but each requires a different approach to provide assistance to the affected population.

In addition, the programs should use a three-pronged approach:

  1. Public Safety
  2. Accountability
  3. Life Skills

Grant recipients should also plan to create information systems designed to:

The deadline to apply for Opioid Affected Youth Initiative grants is May 7.

Apply online at 

Read our previous coverage of opioid affected youth initiatives:

$2M Merck Grant Supports Regional Collaboration for Opioid Intervention

Conn.’s Plan to Get Youth Into Substance Abuse Programs

Intervention for Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder Shows Results

Teen Bedroom Mockup Educates Parents About Drug Culture

Learn more about the causes of opioid abuse:

Here’s the 411 on Opioid Use from a Forensic Chemist

The Link Between Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse

Why Women with PTSD Turn to Opioids & How to Prevent It

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Rachel Engel

Rachel Engel

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