The Ohio House sees two priorities when considering the two-year state budget: the opioid problem and primary schools. More than $170 million will go towards combatting the opioid epidemic and $80 million will be spent on K-121 schools.

Apart from treatment and housing, a large chunk of the $170 million spent on opioid issues will go towards developing a smartphone app and hotline to link up users with drug treatment.

For the kiddos, the increase in state funding will mean $20 more per pupil.

Helping drug users and children is important to the growth and prosperity of our state but at what cost? Law-makers are concerned that in order to fund these two avenues, other areas will lose funding, like mental health for example. The key moving forward is to make sure the $2.5 million is new money and won’t be stripped from other causes.

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