Sykes Announces State Funding For Local Quick-response Drug Teams
Funding will help connect law enforcement with drug treatment providers to better help addicts

State Reps. Emilia Sykes and Tavia Galonski today announced the release of $200,000 in state funding to better help local citizens in Summit County get the treatment they need to recover from drug addiction.

“The recovery process can be a long and difficult journey. Our drug abuse response teams are at the front lines, offering counseling, rehabilitation, and aftercare to our community members struggling with addiction,” said Sykes. “This funding will strengthen our community’s efforts to assist the people and families ravaged by the statewide opioid epidemic.”

Local Law Enforcement Grant recipients include the Summit County Sheriff’s office, $50,000, Akron Police Department, $100,000 and the Barberton Police Department, $50,000.

“Here in Summit County, we see the desperate need for treatment and funding firsthand,” said Galonski. “Battling addiction can’t be done alone. That’s why it’s so important that the state play an active role in adequately funding successful local programs like ours, so people can get better, get back to work and start making a difference in our communities.”  

The grants will be used to link law enforcement officers with drug treatment providers and others who assist overdose survivors in the recovery process. 

Editor’s note: A photo of Reps. Galonski and Sykes, Attorney General Mike DeWine and Summit County Deputy Sheriffs from today’s press conference announcing local Law Enforcement Grant recipients is attached.

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