Front-line treatment providers worry about getting pushed aside in Ohio opioid settlement

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Many advocates on the front lines of the opioid crisis — from firefighters who revive overdose victims, to counselors at community treatment and recovery programs, to grandparents caring for the children of addicts — already are frustrated with two recent developments that could affect settlement payments in Ohio.

Long before it became mired in the opioid crisis, Maryhaven operated a smoking-cessation program and Big Tobacco was poised to cough up billions.

“We were thinking we’d probably be able to expand the program,” said Paul Coleman, the former chief of the Columbus addiction-treatment center. “Instead, settlement money went to the state and it went to retire debt.”

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