The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services State Opioid Response (SOR) recently awarded the state of Ohio $96.2 million.
The program provides community support, psychosocial services, and access to lifesaving, evidence-based medication to treat opioid-use disorders. The state will use the funding to continue and expand its current programs.
“While our country works to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot lose sight of the opioid epidemic that continues to also take the lives of too many in our state,” U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), said. “For those who struggle with substance use disorders and mental illness, COVID-19 has worsened existing conditions and created new struggles across our state and nation. For us to fight back, we need sufficient resources to address the root causes of the opioid epidemic. I’m proud to have used my position on the House Appropriations Committee to ensure Northeast Ohio – and so many other communities across Ohio – get the funding we need. This sizable grant is a big step towards ensuring communities like ours will not only be able to help those who are suffering but for us to put an end to this tragic opioid epidemic once and for all.”
This is the first round of SOR funding.