States Hang On To Drug Rehab Programs As Budget Battles Loom

By Staff Writer

While many states across the country are working to slash the budgets of drug rehab programs in an effort to close gaping budget deficits, others are taking a different approach. The governor of Ohio recently announced strong support for addiction treatment programs, saying that defeating drug use is one of his top priorities.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Governor John Kasich recently formed a new drug task force to battle addiction, made a $100,000 grant available for treatment services and made it easier for doctors to treat opiate addiction with suboxone, a new prescription medication that reduces cravings for the drugs.

All this comes at a time when, like many other states across the country, Ohio is working to rein in spending and reduce budget deficits. However, where other states are cutting important drug rehab programs, Ohio is investing in programs that limit the effects of addiction. The news source reports that this is one of the top priorities of Governor Kasich.

Earlier this week, lawmakers in Illinois revealed a budget for next year that eliminates all funding for state-run drug rehab programs. The week before, the state government of Nevada proposed slashing funding for gambling addiction programs.