Drug detox facilities provide people with access to clean, safe and legal drugs that are more effective at treating conditions like anxiety, depression, pain and more.
But they can also be problematic in certain communities, especially when they target vulnerable populations like drug addicts, those with mental illness or people who are LGBT.
The Drug and Alcohol Enforcement Administration (DEA) is making the change to increase drug detox efforts across the United States to better meet the needs of communities of color, according to a new report by the ACLU.
In addition to expanding the number of drug detox beds, the agency is also creating new drug detox training and mentorship programs in more than a dozen cities and is launching an online pilot program for schools to provide drug detox services.
But the federal government isn’t the only one working to expand treatment options for drug users.
Last week, the DEA announced plans to build six new drug treatment centers across the US, according the Washington Post.
Those centers are being built at the request of communities and localities, and will be able to provide services such as mental health, substance abuse and emergency services to drug addicts.
The new centers will provide more than 30,000 people with clean, legal drugs at a cost of $6 million, and they will serve as a pilot program to expand the drug detox program across the nation.
The funding for the new centers comes from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Office of Community Partnerships, which has been a major source of federal funding for drug treatment.
The program will also provide grants for private and nonprofit organizations to help fund the construction of the centers.
“Our goal is to provide more affordable, reliable, safe, and effective drug treatment for people living with addiction and substance use disorders, regardless of race, income, or other socio-economic status,” wrote the DEA in a statement about the new programs.
“These programs will expand access to safe, affordable drug treatment to millions of Americans who need it most.”
In order to expand these programs, the federal agency is using $1.5 million from Adams’ philanthropy to establish an online drug detox service called “Adams Drug and Fitness,” which will serve up to 10,000 drug addicts each month.
The service will also expand its outreach to schools and local community groups.
Adams said in a release that the company plans to expand services throughout the US to provide a more inclusive and safe environment for people of color.
Adams, which operates a fitness center in Minneapolis, will also be working to increase the number and range of drug treatment facilities that it will operate in order to provide these services to as many people as possible.
In 2016, the company spent nearly $40 million to build 12 new drug rehabilitation centers, including one in Chicago.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the opioid crisis has killed more than 8 million Americans, and the opioid epidemic is projected to continue to worsen.
“We are committed to working collaboratively with communities to make the most of these opportunities and to build stronger, healthier communities,” said Adams President and CEO Dan Pare.
The new centers are part of the DEA’s new plan to expand access and treatment for drug use disorder sufferers.
Since President Donald Trump took office, there have been a number of efforts to expand treatments to more people, and this new initiative will be an important step toward that goal.
But some communities are more than willing to work with the federal agencies in order for them to reach the communities they need most.