Department of Labor awards Massachusetts $800K to combat opioid crisis
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WLNE) — The United States Department of Labor announced an award of $800,000 to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development to support the state’s efforts to address the opioid crisis.
The award is part of an overall grant of $2,368,337 that the state has been receiving in increments since July 2021. So far, the state has received $1.6 million in funds.
It also provides employment and training services to people affected by the opioid crisis, especially focusing on formerly incarcerated people and high-demand occupations in the maritime trade industry.
The award will focus on communities in Bristol and Plymouth counties.
Massachusetts reported a 2.5 percent increase in opioid-related deaths in 2022.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency in October 2017, enabling Massachusetts to request disaster-relief funding.