Heroin treatment facilities overcome obstacles

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (WDTN Photo)
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (WDTN Photo)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Heroin deaths are up, doubling in the past two years across the country.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a breakdown on Tuesday of overdose deaths by gender and income. The population seeing the largest increase in deaths is women.

Just as more and more people are struggling with heroin addiction, facilities across the state are facing a budget cut. The state cut 20.1 million dollars from the mental health and addiction services budget.

“Timing is always an issue, but there are so many competing priorities. There is a winner, there is a loser every time there is a state budget” said Helen Jones-Kelley, Montgomery County ADAMHS executive director.

Jones-Kelley says the county utilizes dollars from other services to maintain treatment options.

“Our state funding doesn’t get offset necessarily by local dollars, but gets supplemented by dollars that let us be flexible and partner with other agencies to close the gaps when other funding sources begin to get cut or lost” said Jones-Kelley.

The most important take-away, people in need of treatment won’t be impacted.

“There are treatment beds within the community, we do have capacity to serve, not everyone needs a bed but they do need access to services, there are a lot of services available” said Jones-Kelley.

For a full list of places that offer treatment options in the Miami Valley, click here.

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