Fort Wayne to allocate $500k towards reducing drug impact

The funding is a result of additional revenue collected by the State of Indiana through income taxes and distributed to the City of Fort Wayne.

Posted: Jan 24, 2020 5:43 PM
Updated: Jan 25, 2020 10:24 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Mayor Tom Henry announced Friday that Fort Wayne will receive funding from the state will to help reduce the city's drug impact.

The city received $500,000 from the state.

“Being in a position to implement innovative solutions I think speaks volumes for the City of Fort Wayne and our collective effort and commitment towards doing what is right,” said Mayor Henry in a Jan. 24 press conference.

Of the half-million given to the City of Fort Wayne, $200,000 will be given to The Lutheran Foundation.

The funds will go towards Allen County’s Sober Living Pilot Program.

The program’s goal is to reduce repeat drug users and promote long-term sobriety.

“Someone is always in recovery and we are going to have setbacks. But we are seeing success in these programs,” said Lutheran Foundation CEO Marcia Haaff. “This $200,000 will go a long way to help us with those expenses.”

The remaining $300,000 will go to the Fort Wayne Police Department to purchase new drug testing equipment.

“Before we got these devices we would send a sample to a lab, and it might take a month or more to get test results,” said Kevin Hunter, FWPD Captain of Vice and Narcotics. “With these devices, we will know exactly what we have and the quantities of those drugs.”

FWPD purchased a Rigaku CQL, Flir G510 and MX 908 with the funds from the city.

The new tools will speed up the testing process and provide more comprehensive results on the substances present.

This is the most recent step in the city’s Quality of Life Initiative.

Mayor Henry said the quality of life in Fort Wayne is critical to the city’s current and future success.

“Our goal is to make a meaningful difference and to help make Fort Wayne safer,” Mayor Henry said. “And to be better in assisting individuals and families that need our help.”

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