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Ohio to receive $26 million in federal resources to fight opioid epidemic

About $26 million in grant money will be coming to Ohio to help combat the opioid epidemic. (Photo courtesy MGN Online)

Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – About $26 million in grant money will be coming to Ohio to help combat the opioid epidemic.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be releasing the grant funding to Ohio as part of the 21st Century Cures Act. The act was signed into law in December, but distribution of resources had been delayed.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D – OH) was one of the senators who wrote a letter to President Donald Trump, calling for a release of the resources.

“Ohio communities have long been asking for help to combat the opioid crisis, so I’m glad to see the resources we secured last year have finally been announced and will soon help individuals and families get the treatment they need,” Brown said. “The release of this funding is an important step, but we know that there is more work to be done. Congress and the Administration must continue to support federal treatment, prevention, and recovery efforts, and at the same time, recognize that any cuts to federal addiction resources will only set us back as we work to tackle the opioid epidemic in Ohio.”

The funding has not been designated toward a specific project yet, but will be used to "bolster efforts to combat the opioid epidemic".

More money is reportedly expected to be released next year.

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