Congressman Tim Ryan Applauds $26 Million in New CURES Funding to Fight Addiction Epidemic in Ohio

Warren, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan praised the release of $26 million in grant funds from the Department of Health and Human Services to help combat the opioid addiction crisis in Ohio. This funding, which is the first of two rounds provided from the 21st Century Cures Act, will be provided through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The $485 million worth of aid will be distributed across all 50 states to help combat this ongoing crisis.  

“This funding is badly needed by countless families in my district, in Ohio, and across the United States. Not a day goes by where I am not reminded of the horrible suffering that this epidemic is inflicting on our neighbors, relatives, and friends. I was proud to fight for passage of this important legislation, as well as to include this aid for opioid addiction into the 21st Century CURES Act which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.  We will only be able to fight this crisis together, and this first wave of funding will help communities begin to push back against this horrible epidemic, and start rebuilding communities that are suffering,” said Congressman Ryan.

The funding originates from the “21st Century CURES” Act, legislation passed in December 2016 that provided $1 billion over two years to fight the heroin and prescription drug epidemic. This aid supplements additional resources allocated through the  Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA).