Whaley also said the city of Dayton is working to hold the makers and distributors of these powerful drugs accountable by becoming the fourth city across the country to sue them for wrongdoing and wasting city resources.
“We don’t think it’s fair for taxpayers to pay for the burden of first responders, EMTs and treatment centers,” she said. “Really, the people who started this mess should clean it up.”
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Kernen asked how much federal money Whaley believed was needed to effectively combat the opoid epidemic. He said the Republican health care bill included $45 billion for this issue but that people seem to believe “it’s never going to be enough.”
Whaley said it takes about five years for people addicted to opiates to complete treatment and rehab, which gets very expensive.
“This isn’t a 30-day quick fix for folks,” she said, adding that cutting Medicaid would be extremely harmful because that funding is used to help battle addiction.
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