Philly, Camden to Receive Fed Heroin Funds

A new attempt to battle epidemic.

Philadelphia and Camden are, jointly, one of five metropolitian areas in the United States receiving federal money to fight heroin abuse, the New York Times reports.

“The Office of National Drug Control Policy said it would spend $2.5 million to hire public safety and public health coordinators in five areas in an attempt to focus on the treatment, rather than the punishment, of addicts,” the Times reports. “A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that heroin-related deaths had nearly quadrupled between 2002 and 2013.”

The other “high intensity drug-trafficking areas” to receive funding are Appalachia, New England, New York/New Jersey, and Washington/Baltimore.