INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana State Police have received nearly $1 million in federal funding to combat methamphetamine and heroin distribution and abuse.

The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/2cWZjWg ) reports that the grant is part of a $12 million effort by the U.S. Department of Justice to curb the illicit drugs. Indiana received $350,000 from the department’s Anti-Heroin Task Force Program, and $600,000 from its Anti-Methamphetamine Program.

According to a Justice Department news release, state police will use the money “to address the significant increase in drug-related deaths in the state.”

There were 462 opioid-related deaths in Indiana in 2014, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. And in 2013 and 2014, authorities seized more meth labs in Indiana than in any other state.


Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com