Ohio AG DeWine Calls Heroin a Statewide Epidemic

By: News Email
By: News Email

CINCINNATI (AP) - Ohio's attorney general says heroin abuse has become a statewide epidemic.

Attorney General Mike DeWine called a news conference Monday in Columbus with parents of a heroin overdose victim and a county coroner. DeWine says state statistics compiled by his office from coroners are incomplete but show hundreds of heroin-related deaths this year, with numbers continuing to rise.

DeWine says there is a heroin problem in every part of the state. He says communities that don't think they have a problem are probably in denial. He urges grassroots, community-based efforts against heroin.

Amid crackdowns on prescription drug abuse in the state, heroin use has jumped as cheap, potent versions have swept into Ohio.

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