SAMHSA Doling Out Big Bucks to States
10/02/2018 -ATIN- SAMHSA has lately begun to dole out big bucks to the states, with Ohio just one state that late last month was the recipient of big grant earmarks. Ohio, among the very hardest hit  by the addiction crisis, will get $71M to aid a medication-assisted treatment push, as well as substantial funds earmarked for treatment in underserved rural areas.

And more money can be expected in the upcoming federal fiscal year, which begins in the fall, as Congress prepares to send an $8B special opiate appropriation bill to President Trump for his signature. While the appropriation does boost spending by about $3B, much of the money goes toward law enforcement and critics say it falls far short of other previous epidemic crisis responses, for example the $100B spent combating aids.

And the money is being spent in Ohio as the state gears up for a controversial ballot measure that would eliminate felony punishment for all types of drug possession, with the measure being retroactive. Liberal billionaires like George Soros, Mark Zuckerberg and Susan Pritzker have poured money into backing the initiative, which would put about 10,000 people currently jailed back onto the street again, significantly emptying state prisons. Money saved from the prison expenditures would go toward treatment.

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