COLUMBUS—State Senator Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton) today applauded new efforts strengthening support for local communities as they combat the heroin crisis and assist those struggling with addiction.

Mobilizing response teams consisting of law enforcement officers who partner with local drug treatment providers and other groups is an effective strategy being implemented in communities across the state to help overdose survivors in their recovery.

Administered by the Ohio Attorney General's office, a new $3 million grant program will provide local assistance for replicating and expanding Drug Abuse Response Teams (DARTs) and Quick Response Teams (QRTs) in communities impacted by the epidemic. 

"Long-term recovery for those struggling with addiction is the ultimate goal," said Oelslager, Chairman of the Ohio Senate Finance Committee, which is charged with crafting the state's operating budget. "Response teams are another layer in the state's comprehensive efforts to combat this epidemic, which is devastating families and communities across Ohio."

Ohio spends nearly $1 billion each year to fight drug abuse and addiction. The state's main operating budget, signed into law in late June, allocates an additional $180 million in targeted prevention, recovery and enforcement efforts. The budget highlighted the state's priority to get these dollars to local communities to help with recovery centers and child protective services to care for children who have been abandoned by drug-addicted parents. It also directs additional funding to coroners and criminal labs with overwhelmed capacities as a result of the epidemic.

 
 
 
  
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