COLUMBUS—State Senator Bob Peterson, R-Washington Court House, applauds the announcement of an additional $55 million investment to fight Ohio's opioid addiction problem.

Officially called the State Opioid Response, or SOR Grant Opportunity, the federal grant money will be invested in six areas, detailed on the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS) website here. The money was appropriated today to MHAS by the Controlling Board.

The largest investment of $22 million will help empower local communities by providing support for family interventions, recovery housing and support for pregnant and parenting women.

Another $9 million investment will provide funding for life-saving Naloxone training and distribution.

"I was proud of our work during the last biennium budget to invest $180 million in drug addiction treatment programs," said Peterson. "This new money expands on our previous efforts as a state, and will ultimately help those who are fighting addiction have more opportunities to receive treatment, and have a positive impact on our families."

The $55 million grant is the first of a two-year installment and includes funding to cover programs administered by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Ohio Department of Medicaid and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, among others.

In related news, Senate Bill 1, which strengthens Ohio's drug trafficking laws, becomes effective this week. The bill, which Peterson co-sponsored, is aimed at curbing the trafficking of fentanyl, a leading cause of overdose deaths.

Senator Bob Peterson represents the 17th District in the Ohio Senate, which encompasses all or part of Clinton, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, and Vinton counties.