Money needed to help children impacted by heroin in Butler County
BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) - While President Trump's Declaration of a Public Health Emergency doesn't mean more money to fight the opioid crisis, it does allow for some of the current funding to be redirected.
Butler County's battle with the heroin epidemic has been well documented. Overdoses and deaths are up.
Local governments say they need money to stay in the fight.
You hear about the number of people who are addicted. What is sometimes forgotten are the number of children affected. It requires money to help them. Butler County Children Services say half of all children placed in foster care come from homes where there was opiate abuse. Butler County is trying to ease their trauma.
Butler County has programs in place to guide these children down the right path. The success program places social workers in schools to work with students whose homes have been hit by the opiate crisis.
The experts agree that prevention is key. Families are given drug deactivation pouches to keep medicines out of the hands of curious children. There are materials to build self-esteem, to show they can be successful.
Again, prevention is important. A Butler County survey shows the average age when children start experimenting with drugs is 13. It often starts at home. They want to nip things in the bud and show these kids who have been so traumatized, the right way.
While Butler County children services would welcome more state and federal money, it welcomes continued local support. The agency has a $2 million levy renewal on the November ballot.