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Reno Police awarded two grants from U.S. Department of Justice to combat opioid abuse and gun violence

Post Date:10/09/2018 3:29 PM
The Reno Police Department (RPD) is excited to announce that it has been awarded two grants from the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. One will help combat opioid abuse, and the other will go toward reducing gun violence.

“This is wonderful news for the City of Reno,” Mayor Hillary Schieve said. “We are grateful to the Department of Justice for their support in addressing these significant problems that are affecting not only our region, but the entire country.”

More specific information about the grants is available below:

Combating Opioid Misuse Through Supply and Demand Reduction and Target Outreach

This three-year grant is for $997,701, which has been awarded to RPD, the University of Nevada, Reno, and the Washoe County Health District. The objective will be to identify opioid misuse through supply and demand reduction and target outreach. The funds will be used toward an evidence-based, multi-faceted approach to the prevention of misuse of opioid drugs.

This program builds upon research findings from previous partnerships between these agencies and includes innovative uses of prescription drug monitoring program data. The primary focus of this project is the prevention of the misuse of opioid drugs through prescriber education and awareness, increased public awareness of the dangers of misuse, a change in cultural norms surrounding prescribed drugs and lower rates of misuse of prescription drugs.

On January 10, 2018, the Reno City Council voted unanimously to enter into a special counsel agreement to pursue City of Reno legal claims against the manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids with Eglet Prince, et al.

Reno Reducing Gun Violence through Evidence-Based Practices

The second three-year grant, a total of $668,968, was awarded to RPD and the University of Nevada, Reno. These funds will be used toward an evidence-based approach to the reduction of gun violence.

This project will use a multi-faceted approach to include an educational campaign through community stakeholders and partnerships, a problem-oriented approach through hotspot analysis and crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), and focused deterrence strategies. The project will rely heavily on data and research to ensure these strategies are working effectively.

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