CA Gives $5 Million to Grant Programs Fighting Fentanyl Overdoses

SACRAMENTO – A statewide pilot project to fund local efforts by education, health, and law enforcement leaders to educate, prevent, and investigate fentanyl-related overdoses was awarded five million dollars in Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget released Monday.

Assemblyman Jim Patterson requested funding for six pilot projects throughout the state focused on reducing fentanyl overdose and use. Fresno County has been leading the way in fentanyl outreach, education, and investigation over the last two years using local funding and partnerships. Their efforts were the inspiration for the statewide pilot project.

Law enforcement and education leaders collaborated to fund billboard campaigns, PSAs at local movie theaters, radio ads, and TikTok videos. They offer resources to survivors of fentanyl overdose before they leave the hospital.

Once the Governor’s budget is approved by the Legislature, local government agencies will be able to apply for grant funds to help expand efforts in their communities.