State Rep. Mike Loychik (R-Bazetta) is set to introduce the Comprehensive Ohio Drug Addiction Solution (CODAS) legislation, which is comprehensive reform on laws that aims to combat the opioid crisis in Ohio. According to the American Medical Association, several reports have indicated a significant rise in opioid deaths in Ohio with the likely cause being COVID-19.
“Evidence has shown that the pandemic had led to a rise in opioid overdose deaths in our state, it’s something we need to take action on now,” said Loychik. “I’ve heard personal stories from individuals right here in Trumbull County – it’s time we push forward on the CODAS initiative to substantially bring these overdose deaths down to lower levels.”
Most recently, 21 WFMJ ran a story earlier this month that referenced the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board Executive Director believing the county is on track to have its deadliest year when it comes to opioid overdose deaths.
“This is a very concerning issue to me, and that’s exactly why I’m introducing this bill that should entice both parties to work together on,” Loychik added.
The legislation intends to closely follow the previous CODAS bill introduced during the previous general assembly. This would include language that establishes certain treatment facilities and outlines changes regarding certain drug penalties and offenses.
Loychik expects the bill to have an elaborate legislative process with possible changes.
The legislation is currently being drafted and Loychik will then seek out cosponsors.