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As Ohio Works To Combat Opioid Epidemic, Brown Slams Proposed Budget Cuts to Federal Prevention, Treatment Programs
Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) criticized President Trump’s proposed budget for cutting or maintaining current levels of federal funding for various programs working to address the opioid epidemic, even as opioid overdose deaths continue to rise. Under President Trump’s proposed budget, programs within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration face nearly $400 million in cuts while initiatives such as the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant are not increasing despite urgent need.
“The opioid epidemic has touched every Ohio community, and the Administration must start treating this issue as the crisis that it is,” said Brown. “Individuals and families struggling with addiction need a meaningful commitment from their elected leaders, but instead, the Administration has chosen to undercut the efforts of Ohio communities to tackle this epidemic. I will continue to work with colleagues in Congress, as well as state and local partners, to secure the necessary resources for individuals and families to get the treatment that they need.”
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