COLUMBUS – State Representatives Crossman (D-Parma), Holmes (R-Nashport) and Butler (R-Oakwood) unveiled legislation yesterday that addresses Ohio’s opioid crisis.


The Comprehensive Ohio Drug Addiction Solution (CODAS) is a five initiative, comprehensive effort to combat Ohio’s ongoing opioid epidemic. The five bills together accomplish the following:



  • Establishes more accessible and effective treatments for addiction

  • Funds the construction of new Addiction Treatment Facilities and Juvenile Addiction Treatment Facilities with Department of Rehabilitation and Correction oversight

  • Creates the Re-entry Ohio Program, a transition path for those transitioning out of prison

  • Increases penalties for drug trafficking violations and modifies penalties for drug possession violations

  • Creates restitution work programs that allow courts to release on probation work details to those offenders who are eligible and apply to the  program

  • Works to end prescription drug abuse through directing the Department of Mental Health to negotiate with Vivitrol manufacturers for a requirement contract for unlimited supply


“While we as a state have addressed some of the issues related to addiction, treatment and offenders that help foster the problem, there remains much more work to do,” said Crossman. “Far too many Ohioans continue to die each year from opioid related abuse. This proposed legislation is ambitious and is designed to address the drug epidemic comprehensively, which is why we are referring to the legislation as Comprehensive Drug Addiction Solutions (CODAS). We think this proposal represents a fundamental change to help bring advances on how to address the opioid epidemic.”


“Each one of us has true value and can be tremendous additions to our community,” said Holmes. “We want strong, healthy communities and bright futures full of opportunity for our family, friends and neighbors. The challenges and hardships endured by fellow Ohioans certainly impact us all.”


“This very critical legislation has been in the works for years,” said Butler. “I’m proud of the work of my colleagues to bring this bill forward during the 133rd GA. Our efforts have support from numerous interested parties that span across both aisles. It’s time the Ohio legislature works to combat the opioid epidemic once and for all.”

 
 
 
  
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