USDOJ awards $1.7M to Reno to address opioids, gun violence

By  | 

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.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)