Recent statistics indicate the alarming abuse problems are worsening. Opioid deaths in Michigan rose from 622 in 2011 to 1,689 in 2016, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. Opioid prescriptions in the state now top 11 million per year. The number of people in treatment for substance use disorders also is growing and exceeds 32,000.
My bill will deliver more resources to the agencies on the front lines of this fight.
State Rep. Steve Marino of Harrison Township today introduced legislation to help local agencies fight substance abuse in Michigan. Marino’s bill would dedicate a portion of the money raised through liquor taxes to Michigan’s local community mental health agencies. Each local board would provide...