Gov. Kasich and GOP lawmakers today announced plans to cut the state budget by some $1 billion, but argued the proposed cuts won’t undercut efforts to fight the statewide opioid overdose emergency that gives Ohio the distinction as national leader in deaths from opioid overdoses.


“The idea that one-billion dollars in deep cuts to state programs and services won’t impact the statewide opioid overdose emergency is foolhardy, if not outright untrue,” said state Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Warren). “The fact is – we haven’t fully funded anti-opioid efforts to date, and the only known strategy to stem the rising tide of people dying from drug overdoses in our state is the governor’s “Start Talking” campaign. When schools don’t have money and communities are forced to lay off more first responders, there won’t be anyone left to have those conversations in our community. There’s no fat to cut – we’re deep in the muscle at this point.”


It remains unclear how the close to $1 billion in budget cuts won’t affect school programs, public health programs, police and EMS responders and other essential services.

 
 
 
  
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