Port­man an­nounces opi­oid fund­ing of $400K

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Kevin Mar­tin kmartin@morn­ingjour­nal.com @MJKev­inMartin1 on Twit­ter

Lo­rain County will re­ceive nearly $400,000 in fed­eral fund­ing to fight the opi­oid epi­demic.

The fund­ing, an­nounced by U.S. Sen­a­tor Rob Port­man on Aug. 8, is part of a $26 mil­lion pack­age for Ohio through the 21st Cen­tury CURES law.

The Ohio De­part­ment of Men­tal Health and Ad­dic­tion has dis­trib­uted the funds through lo­cal Al­co­hol, Drug and Men­tal Health boards in lo­cal Ohio com­mu­ni­ties and statewide ini­tia­tives, the re­lease said.

The Al­co­hol and Drug Ad­dic­tion Ser­vices Board of Lo­rain County will re­ceive $393,896, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

“This is ter­rific news for Ohio, and these new funds will help con­tinue our ef­forts to com­bat the heroin and pre­scrip­tion drug epi­demic grip­ping our state,” Port­man said. “I was proud to help se­cure the opi­oid fund­ing in­cluded in the CURES leg­is­la­tion, and I have seen first­hand how this law is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence across our state.

“This is an­other pos­i­tive step for­ward, but we have to do more, and that’s why I con­tinue to push for com­mon-sense so­lu­tions like the STOP Act and CARA 2.0 that will help us turn the tide of ad­dic­tion in Ohio and around the coun­try.”

Elaine Ge­or­gas, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Al­co­hol and Drug Ad­dic­tion Ser­vices Board of Lo­rain County, said Aug. 9 the in­flux of fund­ing would al­low for the agency to con­tinue and ex­pand a num­ber of dif­fer­ent pro­grams.

In the past year, the Al­co­hol and Drug Ad­dic­tion Ser­vices Board started a pro­gram send­ing cer­ti­fied peer sup­port­ers to emer­gency rooms to meet with drug over­dose sur­vivors, Ge­or­gas said.

Fund­ing also will sup­port the Lo­rain County Quick Re­sponse Team, con­nect­ing over­dose sur­vivors to sup­port and treat­ment, she said.

Ge­or­gas added the Al­co­hol and Drug Ad­dic­tion Ser­vices Board would like to de­velop more tar­geted sup­port for in­di­vid­u­als re­leased from jail, ex­pand­ing detox ser­vices in the com­mu­nity and to in­crease med­i­ca­tion as­sis­tance for Lo­rain County clients.

“So these funds will help with some of those tar­geted ef­forts in our com­mu­nity,” she said.

The fund­ing orig­i­nates from the 21st Cen­tury CURES leg­is­la­tion en­acted in De­cem­ber, 2016, which pro­vided more than $1 bil­lion over two years na­tion­ally to fight the heroin and pre­scrip­tion drug epi­demic.

Port­man urged that opi­oid fund­ing be in­cluded in the CURES pack­age, and the fund­ing awarded to states can be used for im­prov­ing pre­scrip­tion drug mon­i­tor­ing pro­grams, train­ing for health care work­ers, and im­prov­ing ac­cess to treat­ment for in­di­vid­u­als strug­gling with a sub­stance abuse dis­or­der, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.


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