The Ohio Senate Finance committee approved its version of a $130 billion, two-year budget Tuesday night and the full Senate is expected to vote today.
Tucked inside the big-ticket items that keep the state running are a number of amendments, including one that would require driver’s education programs to include training on the danger of using illegal drugs, prescription medication or alcohol while driving.
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Fatal drugged driving vehicle crashes have surpassed those caused by alcohol impairment.
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Ohio House Republicans proposed spending an additional $170.6 million to fight the opioid epidemic and the Senate boosted it another $6 million. The state already spends almost $1 billion a year to fight drug abuse and addiction — much of it through expanded Medicaid, but the toll continues to climb.
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