Clark County agency to receive funding to fight opioid abuse

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The Mental Health and Recovery Board board serving Clark, Greene and Madison Counties will receive close to $600,000 in funding through a program to fight opioid abuse.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman announced the distribution of $26 million in funding statewide through the 21st Century CURES law to fight the opioid epidemic. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction has distributed the $26 million through Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health boards in local Ohio communities and state-wide initiatives. This is the second year in a row Ohio has received $26 million in funding.

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The board serving Clark, Green, and Madison counties will receive $586,651 through the program.

“This is terrific news for Ohio, and these new funds will help continue our efforts to combat the heroin and prescription drug epidemic gripping our state,” Portman said in a news release. “I was proud to help secure the opioid funding included in the CURES legislation, and I have seen firsthand how this law is making a difference across our state.

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According to information from Portman’s office, the funding originates from the 21st Century CURES legislation enacted in December 2016 that provided $1 billion over two years nationally to fight the heroin and prescription drug epidemic.


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