New federal money to fight opioid epidemic in Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – There is new money coming to Ohio to fight the drug epidemic as part of a plan known as the CURES Act.

Over the next two years, the federal government will spend $1 billion to fight addiction and help educate people about drugs like heroin and fentanyl.

Sen. Rob Portman says this bill means a lot for Ohio.

“It goes to states that have a higher prevalence of drug addiction and overdoses,” he said. “So Ohio, based on the criteria that I’ve seen, will benefit disproportionately because, sadly, we have a bigger problem.”

Portman also says that those on the front lines of the epidemic have waited long enough for Congress to take it seriously.