Democrats Ask Drug Policy Office to Do More to Combat Opioid Epidemic
Twenty Democratic senators are asking the Office of National Drug Control Policy to do more to combat the opioid epidemic, according to the Associated Press.
The California Department of Corrections is cutting $250 million in funding for prison-based rehabilitation programs, including those that provide addiction-treatment and academic services, the Associated Press reported Sept. 18.
The cuts, which will directly impact contractors who provide addiction-related services inside state prisons as well as inmates, stem from the state budget which passed in July. The plan signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger included a $1.2-billion decrease in funding for the prison system.
The state Department of Personnel Administration must approve the cuts, which also would result in the loss of 600-800 state jobs.