WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – It is no secret that the area’s heroin epidemic continues to grow, with more than 80 overdose deaths in Trumbull County last year.
But the problem is not just centered in Trumbull County, or even the Mahoning Valley. It’s a problem that has stricken the entire U.S.
On Monday, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, stopped by Compass Family and Community Services in Warren, joining county health officials and local leaders to talk about his bill — the Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Reduction Act. Also in attendance were Warren Mayor Doug Franklin, local police and other state representatives.
Brown said this comprehensive legislation is aimed at boosting prevention, improving tools for crisis response, expanding access to treatment and providing support for life-long recovery. The bill aims at expanding access to treatment by making grants available to increase access to residential treatment programs and focusing effective medication-assisted treatment in regions experiencing rapid increases in heroin and opioid use.
“We know how to treat it if the resources are available,” Brown said.
Brown said addressing the issue is important, because there are more deaths related to opioid addiction than car accidents in the country.