71 Mass. Communities to Share $1.3M Drug Grant


BOSTON (AP) — State officials say 71 cities and towns are getting a slice of a $1.3 million grant meant to fight drug abuse and overdoses.

The grants announced Friday from the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative Program are funded through a federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant.

They will be used to implement policy, practice, systems and environmental changes at the local level to prevent the abuse of opioids and reduce the number of hospitalizations and deaths associated with overdoses.

Opioids include heroin and many narcotic prescription painkillers.

The award is part of the state Department of Public Health’s comprehensive approach to substance abuse prevention.

The Department also continues to fund municipalities across the state to implement strategies to reduce underage drinking.