For Immediate Release - December 05, 2016

Application Period for Statewide Youth Opioid Prevention Grant Program Ends Next Week

AG’s Office Encouraging Applications Through Dec. 16

BOSTON –The application period for a new $500,0000 statewide grant program aimed at supporting school-based prevention initiatives to address opioid dependence and addiction in Massachusetts ends in less than two weeks. Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office is particularly interested in proposals focused on elementary and middle schools and those that foster community collaboration.

The Youth Opioid Prevention Grant is open to non-profits, public schools and districts, community organizations, health providers, municipalities, and law enforcement agencies. Full grant proposals are due to the AG’s Office through its online grant portal by 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16.

The funding for this program came from an unprecedented settlement with CVS Pharmacy, Inc., which in September agreed to strengthen its policies and procedures around the dispensing of opioids and require its Massachusetts pharmacy staff to check the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) before filling prescriptions for commonly misused opioids.

This grant program is another way AG Healey is working to address the growing addiction crisis in Massachusetts. The AG’s Office is looking at a host of other practices, from marketing by pharmaceutical companies, to pill diversion and drug trafficking by criminal entities, to coverage for substance abuse treatment by insurance companies. The AG’s Office continues to work on solutions that include eliminating barriers to treatment and supporting prevention and education initiatives across the state.

In Massachusetts, opiate overdoses kill more than five people every day and more than 1,500 people died of a heroin or prescription drug overdose last year. Young people are particularly vulnerable to the risks of substance use. Ninety percent of all adults struggling with addiction started using when they were under the age of 18, and 50 percent were under the age of 15. However, studies indicate that effective substance use prevention programming can significantly reduce the risk for addiction among young people.

Questions regarding the RFP may be submitted to AGOgrants@state.ma.us by email until 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. Entities interested in applying for the Youth Opioid Prevention Grant program can find more information here.