Restore Addiction Treatment Funds

People may die in Ohio because of a federal government decision to delay funding for drug addiction treatment centers. It should be reversed – now.

A $20 million shortfall in funding for centers throughout Ohio is expected during the next year, because state officials have had to slow payments to them. That is a result of the planned delay in sending federal funds to Ohio.

Nearly 2,000 Ohioans died of drug overdoses in 2012. Addiction numbers are soaring. Helping those hooked on heroin and other drugs saves lives.

Federal officials know that. Yet they chose to slow the flow of funds to Ohio.

State officials should dig into the treasury and find money to replace federal funding on a temporary basis. Then Ohio’s congressional delegation should demand the federal policy be reversed.