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Ohio to receive $96 million to battle opioid epidemic

Rep. Ryan says the funding provides resources for those suffering to get help.
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U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, says Ohio will receive $96 million to fight the opioid epidemic.

NILES — U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland says Ohio is getting $96,228,429 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services State Opioid Response funding.

Ryan, whose 13th District includes Trumbull County and most of Mahoning County, is co-chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus, and a member of the Task Force to Combat the heroin epidemic.

The award is the first round two years of funding appropriated through SOR and Tribal Opioid Response grants. The two programs ultimately will award nearly $3 billion to help states and tribes provide community-level resources for people in need of prevention, treatment and recovery support services.

“While our country works to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot lose sight of the opioid epidemic that continues to also take the lives of too many in our state," said Ryan in a news release. "For those who struggle with substance use disorders and mental illness, COVID-19 has worsened existing conditions and created new struggles across our state and nation.

Anyone looking for treatment resources can call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 800-662-HELP (4357) or click.