Sen. Brown working to fill jobs left vacant due to Ohio's drug crisis

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBN) - Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, introduced legislation to combine addiction recovery programs with job training to address Ohio’s labor shortage caused by the state’s opioid epidemic.

The U.S. Labor Department says an average of 11 Ohio residents die every day from opioid complications.

Brown’s bill, which he co-sponsored with West Virginia Republican Sen. Shelley Moore, would integrate existing grants from the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services in a six-year pilot program combining job training and addiction recovery services. Offering those services in tandem maximizes the odds of success for opioid addicts in Ohio and other states to overcome their addictions, Brown said.

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