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Jefferson County commissioners get help in fight against opioid addiction

Jefferson County Commissioner Tom Graham's week began with a prestigious appointment to the County Commissioners Association of Ohio Board of Trustees.

Twenty-four hours after the Jefferson County commissioners announced they were suing 25 opioid drug companies, doctors and, distributors, they received some more help in their fight against opioid addiction in the county.

On Thursday, they approved a subsidy agreement with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections subsidy grant worth $360,000 across a 2-year period.

“This is a major addiction problem, and the fact that there is some grant money available to be able to help these particular individuals and facilities that deal with this crisis, that's a good thing,” Commissioner Tom Graham said. “And so we're glad they're taking advantage of it."

Graham appointed

Graham's week began with a prestigious appointment to the County Commissioners Association of Ohio Board of Trustees.

He says he is humbled by it.

"We advocate,” he said. “We meet with state legislature and may actually to go the state legislature, as well and appear in front of them to advocate on behalf of the counties. Jefferson County, to have a voice at that level is a nice honor for me to be able to participate in that and I'm looking forward to serving in that capacity."

The appointment to the board of trustees is 2 years.

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