U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan is co-sponsoring a bill to address heroin addiction


Staff report

CLEVELAND

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan is co-sponsoring a bill to establish a five-year plan to expand community-based treatment to address heroin addiction.

In a Friday press conference in Cleveland, Ryan, of Howland, D-13th, and the bill’s sponsor, U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge of Cleveland, D-11th, unveiled the Breaking Addiction Act. If approved, it would allow sates to receive federal reimbursement for Medicaid services provided to in-patients who receive treatment for chemical-substance abuse at a community-treatment facility.

“As Democratic co-chair of the Addiction Treatment and Recovery Caucus, I understand the damage substance abuse inflicts upon the state of Ohio and our nation,” Ryan said. “It is estimated that substance abuse costs the United States in excess of $600 billion annually in health, crime and lost productivity costs — and this is nothing compared to the toll it takes on the families, friends, schools and communities affected.

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