County Gets $550,000 for Drug Abuse Prevention

heroin02BARNSTABLE – Barnstable County Department of Human Services has announced that it will receive a major grant towards helping with opioid abuse prevention in the region.

The Barnstable County Regional Substance Abuse Council has been awarded a five-year $550,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services to support an Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative.

The Barnstable County Substance Abuse Council was established in January 2014 by the County to coordinate a regional public health approach to substance abuse across the continuum of prevention, criminal justice, treatment and recovery.

The purpose of council, according to the county website, is to establish a communication infrastructure across municipalities; identify needs and addresses gaps and disparities in the service system; maximize inter-agency and inter-municipality collaboration; and maximize funding and resource opportunities to address the problem of substance abuse in our region.

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The grant award will support a Barnstable County Opioid Abuse Collaborative and will be structured as a working committee of the council with a specific emphasis on planning and implementing opioid prevention strategies.

The funding will allow the region to build upon existing collaborations among members of the council and enhance, expand, and formalize collaborations between participating municipalities.