New plan to fight heroin addiction announced

CLEVELAND -- A new proposal to fight the heroin epidemic in Northeast Ohio was announced Friday morning.

Representatives Marcia L. Fudge and Tim Ryan held a news conference to introduce the Breaking of Addiction Act of 2014.

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House Resolution 5136 calls for a five-year pilot project to expand cost-effective, community-based treatment options.

Participating states would be eligible to "receive federal reimbursements for Medicaid services provided to all eligible in-patients who receive treatment for chemical abuse."

"Fatal drug overdoses now exceed motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio. Heroin alone claims more lives in Cuyahoga County than homicides. This public health threat affects communities in all regions of the country - impacting urban, suburban and rural areas alike," said Fudge.

The goal of the measure is to help communities combat the "rapid escalation of heroin addiction" and help people get into treatment sooner.

To learn more about the proposed legislation click HERE.

If you support this measure, tweet to your representative to support H.R. 5136.

Here are the Twitter handles of some Ohio lawmakers:















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