COLUMBUS— Senate Bill 1, which strengthens Ohio's drug trafficking laws, becomes effective today. The bill, sponsored by State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson), is aimed at curbing the trafficking of fentanyl, a leading cause of overdose deaths.
It also provides a balance by not imprisoning those suffering from drug addiction and giving them the choice to undergo treatment.
"This bi-partisan bill is an important tool to help our communities fight this epidemic. Addicts need treatment and traffickers need to be in prison. Senate Bill 1 ensures that those who deal this deadly poison are sent to prison while addicts receive the treatment they need to recover," said LaRose. "Significant investments have been made at the state level to bolster treatment options, but more must be done. I'm proud to have sponsored Senate Bill 1 which is a good step forward to help families and communities affected by this devastating crisis, I'm committed to continuing this important work."
In related news, the Controlling Board announced this week an additional $55 million dollar investment to fight Ohio's opioid addiction problem.
Officially called the State Opioid Response, or SOR Grant Opportunity, the federal grant money will be invested in six areas, detailed on the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS) website here. The money was appropriated today to MHAS by the Controlling Board.
The largest investment of $22 million will help empower local communities by providing support for family interventions, recovery housing and support for pregnant and parenting women.
Another $9 million investment will provide funding for life-saving Naloxone training and distribution.
The $55 million grant is the first of a two-year installment and includes funding to cover programs administered by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Ohio Department of Medicaid and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, among others.
For additional information on Senate Bill 1 click here.