Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:42 PM
Some Republican and Democratic State lawmakers are proposing a package of 11 bills that they say will help address the drug abuse problem in Ohio.
Republican State Rep. Robert Sprague says the bills will address addiction, treatment and rehabilitation. He says it’s necessary for Ohio to pass bills to help those who are addicted to drugs.
“In many areas, companies have openings but can’t find workers to fill those jobs because they can’t pass a drug test,” Sprague said. “Our Medicaid costs are rising as those struggling with addictions are coming on to government entitlement programs, and they now have expensive comorbid physical problems such as Hepatitis C and HIV from dirty needles. The point of this is that we are incurring already an immense societal cost of this drug epidemic that is alone estimated to cost more than $3.5 billion in the state of Ohio.”
Sprague says the bills would take money from court fees and Medicaid savings to pay for treatment programs. Some of the bills would also make doctors and patients more accountable for their opioid drug prescriptions.
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