RENO, Nev. (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department has awarded the Reno Police Department a pair of grants totaling nearly $1.7 million to help combat opioid abuse and reduce gun violence.
Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve (SHEE'-vee) says the money will help the city address two significant problems affecting not only the region but the entire country.
The three-year opioid grant for about $998,000 will be used to identify the misuse of painkillers through supply and demand reduction, and target outreach in the community. It will involve a partnership with the Washoe County Health District and the University of Nevada Reno.
The other three-year grant for about $669,00 was awarded to police and the university to help develop an evidence-based approach to the reduction of gun violence.
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