Iowa anti-drug initiatives get $3.3 million in federal grants

BY DI STAFF | JUNE 27, 2012 6:30 AM

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The Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy announced $3.3 million in federal grants for 31 statewide drug prevention, treatment, and enforcement initiatives Tuesday.

According to a release, the grants come from the federal Bryne Justice Assistance Grant and the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment program.

"The goal of these programs is to create safer communities, and these grants are making a difference," Steve Lukan, Office of Drug Control Policy director, said in the release. "In addition to supporting frontline work to protect Iowans from drug-related crimes, these grants also foster coordination among agencies and leverage other resources to further bolster community efforts to reduce drug abuse."

The Johnson County Multi-Agency Drug Task Force will receive $96,762 from the grant.

The Office of Drug Control Policy has seized 1.4 tons of illegal drugs, confiscated 745 firearms, and dismantled 145 drug trafficking organizations in 2011 with the grant.

— by Jordyn Reiland

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