Cuyahoga County Adds Funds to Combat Opiate Crisis

The city of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and the Cuyahoga County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board pledged funds, pending approval, of a total of $1.5 million toward the expansion of the ADAMHS’s treatment and recovery services and outpatient detoxification program.

Funds Pledged in Cuyahoga County to Address Drug Addiction in 2017

  • ADAMHS board to provide $1 million
  • City of Cleveland to provide $250,000
  • Cuyahoga County to provide $250,000

How Additional Funds to Address Drug Addiction Will Be Used in Cuyahoga County by ADAMHS Board 

  • Development of an outpatient, or ambulatory, detox program that is more cost-effective than inpatient treatment for those who can continue to go about their daily lives while participating in detoxification, allowing more people to be served overall. This will bring the county’s total of drug treatment beds to 291.
  • Launching of a Quick Response Protocol and Pilot Program for the Cleveland Division of Narcotics Unit. The goal of this program is to help a person who has been revived from an opiate overdose with Narcan to get into a detox and treatment program. In addition to police, other professional throughout Cuyahoga County will be working together to pool information to improve drug use prevention and treatment.

Related Reading: Opioid Deaths Hit Record Numbers in Northeast Ohio

ADAMHS Board CEO William Denihan said that the additional funds will allow the board to “design an aggressive action plan to tackle the heroin tsunami that continues to take the lives of Cuyahoga County residents from all walks of life.”

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish said, “Our community is in crisis, with drug overdose deaths at an all-time high. We must do all we can to fight against this epidemic that is killing people and ravaging communities.”

It’s no secret that Cuyahoga County, and Ohio in general, continues to face an opioid epidemic, with heroin and fentanyl responsible for many of the overdose deaths in both the county and the state. Cuyahoga County alone recorded 500 accidental drug overdose deaths in 2016 – twice the number of deaths recorded in 2015 according to Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Thomas Gibson.

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