Last Wednesday the state of Maryland announced $608,000 in funding to combat the growing epidemic of opiate addiction.

The grant money, which comes from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Byrne Justice Assistance Grants program, will go to projects designed to identify and apprehend drug dealers, help families hit by substance abuse, and provide medically assisted treatment options for inmates in local jails.

The city of Baltimore and eight counties are on the list of recipients.

Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford (R), whom Gov. Larry Hogan (R) appointed this year to head the state’s Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force, said the funding builds upon earlier efforts by current administration to bring the state’s addiction problem under control.

“The governor and I pledged that addressing the heroin and opioid crisis would be a major priority, and we will continue to advocate for treatment and prevention programs, as well as the most effective law enforcement response to this epidemic,” Rutherford said in a statement.

Somerset County will receive the most grant money under the latest round of funding, with $130,000 going toward gang-investigation training and investigative equipment such as cameras and a radar device.