State and Local Governments Worried About Heroin Crisis

County GovernmentAs state governments are beginning to feel the pressure to handle the growing heroin problem, more solutions are being brought to the table. Unfortunately, these solutions are costly and usually are not accounted for in a state’s budget. As a result, many counties in the U.S. are looking toward the federal government for grants that will enable them to implement programs and procure resources in the fight against the growing heroin epidemic.

Some states are receiving a large amount of federal aid. Iowa, for instance, will receive almost $8 million over the next three years to help beef up treatment facilities and improve care for addicts. Only a few states were selected to receive that type of funding, but it is clear that the demand is high for federal help in this matter across the nation.

Charles Schumer, a senator from New York, made a public announcement declaring that the state desperately needed help from the federal government if they hoped to put a dent in the heroin problem. Schumer announced that heroin arrests in Putnam County had increased 300 percent and heroin-related deaths have increased 400 percent in the last two years. “The battle against heroin is one we must win. Too many beautiful young lives are wasted by this epidemic,” rallied Schumer.

Schumer added that he made a request to the federal government to include Putnam and Rockland counties as high-intensity drug trafficking areas. This would allow the counties to receive much needed federal funding. In addition to the new classification, Schumer has also requested $100 million to kick-start the battle against the deadly drug.

The panic most counties across the country are feeling is not unfounded. The issue of heroin is not only growing, it is gaining steam and reaching areas that have previously never had to deal with a problem like this.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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