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EXCLUSIVE: The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is set to announce $275 million for law enforcement in high-intensity drug trafficking areas to combat the opioid epidemic , learned Fox News.
The White House is set to announce funding for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Zones (HIDTA) program on Thursday, which will provide additional resources to 33 regional HIDTAs working to “reduce violence associated with drug trafficking, improve efforts interdiction through better data sharing and targeting, and dismantle illicit financial operations”.
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The funding, according to an official, will also support public health and safety partnerships, like the Overdose Response Strategy, which, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), works to reduce overdoses. The funding will also go towards a surveillance tool used to track suspected drug overdoses across the country in real time.
“This funding supports President Biden’s new comprehensive strategy to tackle two drivers of the overdose epidemic: untreated drug addiction and drug trafficking,” Dr. Rahul Gupta, director of the White House ONDCP.
“It will provide the brave men and women on the front lines of the overdose epidemic with new resources to dismantle drug trafficking and illicit finance operations, and support data-driven public health and safety partnerships. working to reduce overdoses and save lives.”
The 33 high-intensity drug trafficking zones across the country are coordinating with federal, state, local and tribal drug enforcement efforts, according to an official. Each year, they strive to assess the drug-related threats in their communities and develop strategies to deal with them.
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According to an official, the program’s latest report showed law enforcement efforts resulted in the seizure of $26.1 billion worth of illicit drugs and the dismantling or dismantling of more than 3,100 drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. money across the country.
The program also supports public health and safety partnerships with the CDC to help communities reduce fatal and non-fatal overdoses by connecting public health and public safety agencies, sharing information and supporting evidence-based interventions.
Thursday’s funding announcement comes after the Biden administration last week released its National Drug Control Strategy, which asks federal agencies to prioritize actions that “will save lives, get people the care they need, will prosecute drug traffickers; using data to guide all of these efforts.”
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The strategy also calls for expanding high-impact harm reduction interventions like naloxone, drug test strips and needle service programs, while calling on federal agencies to integrate harm reduction into the health care system. care to “save lives and improve access to treatment”.
The strategy also aims to improve the data systems and research that guide the development of drug policies.
Drug overdoses killed 106,854 people in the United States in the last 12 months.
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