COLUMBUS—State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) today announced that the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office has been selected as the recipient of a grant for just over $80,000 to support its Tuscarawas County Quick Response Team, aimed at helping overdose survivors find the path to addiction recovery.
Mobilizing response teams consisting of law enforcement officers who partner with local drug treatment providers and other groups is an effective strategy being implemented in communities across Ohio.
Administered by the Ohio Attorney General's office, the new grant program will provide local assistance for replicating and expanding Drug Abuse Response Teams (DARTs) and Quick Response Teams (QRTs) in the most severely impacted areas.
"Addiction destroys lives and wrecks families, which is why this investment to tackle the problem here in Tuscarawas County is so vitally important," said Hottinger. "For some, intervention by law enforcement and drug treatment professionals will mean the difference between death and recovery."
Funding for these grants was added by the Ohio Senate as part of the state's overall effort to tackle the opioid crisis by improving prevention programs and strengthening law enforcement as well as treatment and recovery services.
“We are committed to fighting the scourge of addiction, and I’m pleased we were able to fund these grants as part of the new state budget," said Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina).
Ohio spends nearly $1 billion each year to fight drug abuse and addiction. The state's main operating budget, signed into law in late June, allocates an additional $180 million in targeted prevention, recovery and enforcement efforts.
Further highlighting the state's priority to direct dollars to local communities, the budget also invested in recovery centers and child protective services, thanks to efforts led by Senator Hottinger, to assist in caring for children who have been abandoned by drug-addicted parents. It also provides additional funding to coroners and criminal labs with overwhelmed capacities caused by the epidemic.
Senator Hottinger was recently named Legislator of the Year by the Public Services Association of Ohio for his work in securing an increase in appropriations to address the growing pressure put on these agencies to support children affected by the drug crisis.
Click here for a complete list of grant recipients, provided by the Ohio Attorney General's office.