Ohio has been hit hard

The opioid overdose epidemic in Ohio is a crisis. In Dayton, as in other communities across the state, we’ve been hit hard. In 2017 alone, Montgomery County has had 150 deaths from opioid overdoses, a devastating number for a community our size.

But instead of finding real solutions to Ohio’s opioid epidemic, politicians in Columbus are trying to cover a bullet hole with a Band-Aid.

Governor Kasich recently proposed to earmark only $20 million for research on combating opioid abuse — while spending 150 times as much ($3.1 billion) on tax cuts for the wealthy. These numbers tell you exactly where Republicans’ priorities lie — and it’s not with communities that are suffering.

Will you add your name to join me in telling Kasich and the GOP that Ohio’s budget should fund treatment efforts in our cities and towns, not more tax cuts for the wealthy?

Here in Dayton, we haven’t turned a blind eye to the overdose epidemic. We declared a state of emergency to allow us to institute a needle exchange program and cut down on infection. We worked to make sure Dayton’s first responders are equipped with life-saving Nalaxone. And at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, I led an effort to pass a resolution to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for the damage they’ve wrought.

Ohio needs these types of concrete actions to fight this crisis, and the Republicans in power have yet to provide it. Will you join me in telling Kasich and Republican lawmakers to fund an adequate response to the opioid crisis instead of more tax cuts for the wealthy?

Thank you,
Nan

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Friends of Nan Whaley, Mark Owens, Treasurer, 443 E. 6th Street, Dayton, OH 45402