David Pepper, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, held a news conference in Akron today to criticize state cuts to addiction services funding to local communities.
The cuts begin today and will total $20 million statewide.
"Ohio's heroin crisis is spiraling out of control, and this is the exact wrong time to be cutting critical addiction treatment funds," Pepper said in a news release. "Instead of more cuts from Columbus, we need proactive leadership that adds both treatment and enforcement to finally get this crisis under control."
The Associated Press reported that a state change in how it funnels federal dollars to local communities for addiction services will result in a $20 million shortfall. The state will distribute $63 million in 18 months rather than over a year to address cash flow problems.
Pepper had his news conference at the Summit County Democratic Party's headquarters.