City Councilman outlies strategies to combat opioid crisis

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — A City Councilman that is running for Mayor spoke on what he calls the biggest problem facing the city: the opioid crisis.

Doctor John Crawford, hosted the press conference talking about strategies he would try to implement to fight the crisis if he were elected mayor.

Crawford presented a number of statistics about drug seizures, overdoses, and medical costs and says the opioid epidemic is a drain on the economy and resident’s quality of life.

Crawford is encouraging Mayor Tom Henry to allocate at least $500,000 from the city budget to fund more treatment facilities for people who need help.

“We need more quality treatment facilities for people who want help to get free from substance use disorder,” Crawford said. “There are Indiana state as well as federal programs that provide funding if communities offer local matching funds.”

Crawford also says if he is elected mayor, he would donate $40,000 every year from the Mayor’s salary to a task force designed to combat the issue.

Jacob Burbrink

Jacob Burbrink

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