Nevada AG Commits Nearly $2M To Combat Opioid Epidemic

Oct 30, 2017

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Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt recently received bipartisan approval for a nearly $2 million opioid initiative. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports.

About one Nevadan dies each day from a drug overdose. Laxalt’s office has outlined a plan to address the opioid epidemic. Priority areas focus on law enforcement concerns and prevention.

 

 

To dispose of drugs that have been seized or gathered during medication collection programs, the state will purchase and install five drug disposal incinerators. They’ll be placed at law enforcement locations throughout the state. In addition, a full-time criminal investigator will be assigned to the FBI’s opioid task force.

 

Funding will provide first responders with Naloxone, a drug which reverses the  effect of opioids. Programs will include education throughout the state, like after-school drug prevention programs.  

 

This initiative come from a more than $5 million Volkswagen settlement in 2016 for faulty emissions.