Federally funded program coming to Middlesex County drug courts

Former Substance Abuse Coordinator Ray Peachey purchase Deterra Drug Deactivation System packets to help senior citizens properly dispose of their opioids.

LAWRENCE — With the opioid epidemic continuing to harshly effect Middlesex County families, more federal spending is coming to local courts to address the issue and help those in need.

Massachusetts Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey and Court Administrator Jonathan Williams, along with state and local officials, formally announced the launch of the MISSION-Mill Cities Grant Monday afternoon in a packed Fenton Judicial Center room.

The grant, which officials said was a $2 million, 5-year grant received from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, will go toward funding more recovery specialists and case managers employed by the Gavin Foundation, a Boston-based addiction recovery organization.

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