Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. announced Thursday that his office has been awarded $860,000 in federal grants that will help divert substance abusers into treatment programs if they are arrested and pay for a new study through Fitchburg State University that will map opioid use in the region.
Early, who made the announcement at Leominster District Court alongside local elected and police officials, said $500,000 of the money from the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance will be used to pay for substance abusers facing criminal prosecution to have the option of entering a treatment program through AdCare Hospital in Worcester.
“When we have someone in need of services for substance abuse disorders, specifically opioid addition, we’re going to get a call and we’re going to get AdCare involved. And then we’re going to divert that person away from the criminal justice program,” he said.
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