Opioid Addiction Fight Goes Into Spotlight At Statehouse

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The opioid addiction fight goes into the spotlight at the Ohio Statehouse.

Financing the fight against opioids is the top priority of state lawmakers in the next budget. But there's still debate about how to split up the funding pie. Howard Wirtz is CEO of the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Services Providers. He testified Wednesday to the Senate Finance Committee.

"Families are relinquishing custody of their children to access behavioral health care at alarming rates and our morgues are not large enough to handle the dead bodies," Wirtz said in his testimony. 

He tells senators it's not a good time to reduce medicaid funding for opioid addiction services.

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