How did Ohio, Kentucky spend millions that U.S. sent to fight opioid addiction?

Cincinnati Enquirer, USA Today Network; Courier-Journal Oct. 24, 2018


More than 9,000 Ohioans have been treated for opioid addiction with new federal money, and thousands more are expected to get help over time.

That’s because Ohio used most of its $26 million that it’s getting annually for two years under the federal 21st Century Cures Act for programs in or projects that were ready to go. The goal: Create more access to treatment when people want and need it, no hassles with doctors hitting their limits on patients…

Altogether, Ohio treatment providers have spent 72 percent of the federal funding that came available last year. That’s higher than the national average of 57 percent, the AP data shows.
But Kentucky spent just 34.7 percent of its Cures Act funding in its first round of $10.5 million.
“Kentucky has had a number of challenges in expending the funds in the one-year time frame expected,” said Dr. Allen Brenzel, the medical director of Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health, developmental and intellectual disabilities.

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