Kaptur announces Ohio as a priority state for millions in new federal grant funding that will help battle opioid crisis
Toledo, OH — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation, announced millions in new funding to combat the opioid crisis as part of the recently passed funding agreement. Kaptur, as a senior Member of the Appropriations Committee, helped secure Ohio as a priority state eligible for grants.
“Under a provision I helped spearhead in the recently signed Omnibus bill, Ohio will be given priority access to millions in state-level grants to be distributed by federal agencies to aid in our ongoing fight against the importation and sale of opioids and the devastating effects that addiction is having on families and communities across our state,” said Kaptur. “There is no silver bullet to address this crisis, but these funds and resources are a boost from the federal government to help address this crisis and provide our communities with much-needed relief.”
“We must work together as a community to help our law enforcement authorities make our community drug-free. If you see something, say something. People in Northwest Ohio can call the drug hotline at (419) 255-3784,” Kaptur concluded.
Kaptur in Toledo with law enforcement officials discussing the news opioid funding.
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In the spending agreement which funds the government until September 30, 2018, there is $3.2 billion in total new spending to bolster programs across the federal government to combat the opioid crisis. $950 million in new State Opioid Response Grants will provide priority funding for states highly affected by the opioid crisis, including Ohio. Additionally, $330 million will be made available to law enforcement across the U.S. to bolster programs such as drug courts and substance use disorder treatment.
To see the graphic used at today’s press conference click here: Opioid grants presser poster FINAL.pdf