YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – 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.