Senate's budget deal could mean big bucks for the fight against the opioid crisis

FILE - This Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 file photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen, also known as Percocet, in New York. Cities and counties of all sizes have sued companies that make and distribute prescription opioids. Among the plaintiffs so far: Philadelphia; the state of Ohio; Princeton, West Virginia; the Cherokee Nation; and a consortium of counties across Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The Senate’s federal budget deal could mean big money for the fight against the opioid crisis.

Addiction centers in the Miami Valley are slammed. Krystal Huckaba visits Recovery Works Healing Center in West Carrollton three times a week.

“You can't get sober and clean on your own, you definitely need help,” Huckaba said.

She gets a Vivitrol shot and goes to group therapy, trying to steer clear of heroin. The drug killed three of her friends this week.

“There's so many people dying right now, it's scary,” Huckaba said.

Richard Confer said local resources are slim.

“There's a lot of people that call and are frustrated about not having the ability to get help,” Confer said.

Assistance is on the way. Senator Sherrod Brown (D - OH) said the new federal budget includes $6 billion for the opioid crisis.

“It's partly law enforcement, partly treatment, partly prevention,” Brown said.

Brown said some money will go to recovery centers, but most will go to border patrol and watching over the mail to curb fentanyl and carfentanil smuggling.

“There's no single silver bullet to deal with opioid addiction but it's something more comprehensive, but I think we made progress on it for our country today,” Brown said.

Confer is skeptical.

“I'd hate to see that money get bottlenecked somewhere and not get to the treatment places,” Confer said.

But he is happy to see a deadly drug crackdown.

Carfentanil killed his daughter Lauren last April, but he said he's seeing hope.

“We are not seeing the fentanyl and carfentanil deaths like we used to,” Confer said.

Still, people who are hooked need help. Huckaba hopes the money brings others relief.

“Recovery is more about getting clean off drugs, it's about getting your life back together,” Huckaba said.

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