Fighting to End Ohio’s Opioid Crisis

The ongoing heroin and opioid crisis has hit families in every corner of our state. Ohio ranks #1 in overdose deaths. Several counties have been forced to bring in refrigerated trucks to store the overflow of bodies. This is a health crisis. And it must be treated like one.

The ongoing heroin and opioid crisis has hit families in every corner of our state. Ohio ranks #1 in overdose deaths. Several counties have been forced to bring in refrigerated trucks to store the overflow of bodies.

Joe’s GOP colleagues refuse to treat this issue like the health epidemic it is. Lack of action costs Ohio 10 lives and millions of dollars per day. It’s time to stop simply talking about the problem and start doing something about it.

As Governor, Joe Schiavoni will:

Rebuild Mental Health and Addiction Services across Ohio:
Our current healthcare and mental health programs are underfunded. This leaves too many Ohioans without the help they need.  Joe will enact comprehensive policies that:

  • Make resources immediately available to help our communities fight this epidemic.
  • Provide resources to the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health (ADAMH) Boards.
  • Increase capacity for inpatient treatment beds and incentivize doctors to offer outpatient treatment, especially in underserved areas.
  • Expand Medicaid coverage and reimbursement rates.
  • Require insurance companies to cover alternatives to opioids for pain management.
  • Incentivize medical providers to use alternatives to opiate prescriptions.

Provide Comprehensive Criminal Justice Tools
Law enforcement is often on the front lines of the opiate scourge.  First responders need the tools and the training to prevent the spread of deadly narcotics, lock up drug traffickers, and help citizens recover. Joe will:

  • Provide law enforcement and first responders with resources to keep overdose victims alive until appropriate treatment is possible.
  • Support law enforcement efforts to stop the movement of deadly illegal fentanyl, carfentanil, and heroin across the state.
  • Study drug courts as an alternative to conviction.
  • Support changes to Ohio law to give those recovering from addiction a fresh start.
  • Promote the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative.

Support Our Local Communities
The ripple effects of the opiate crisis hit child protective services, law enforcement, health care providers, and tight knit communities especially hard. We must:

  • Increase local government funds to help communities battle this crisis at home.
  • Target resources to child protective services as they help so many Ohio children dealing with addicted parents.
  • Build opportunities for people in recovery to pursue housing and employment.

Ohio has the ability to invest in programs and research to help end this crisis – WITHOUT breaking the bank.

How Do We Pay For It?

  • Use just 10% of Ohio’s emergency fund to immediately and thoroughly address this crisis in a fiscally responsible way.
  • Roll back the Kasich administration’s reckless tax cuts for the wealthy.
  • Take advantage of available federal dollars to help fight this battle from all sides.
  • Build treatment and prevention programs that will last for decades. We must not only save lives and end this crisis, but give Ohioans a comprehensive behavioral health system for years to come.

Every one dollar spent on effective treatment saves several dollars in criminal justice and emergency health spending. We save money – and lives – by addressing this crisis head-on right now.