Attorney General Mike DeWine address drug epidemic - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Updated

Attorney General Mike DeWine address drug epidemic

Posted: Updated:

WARREN, Ohio - On average, five people die each day in Ohio because of an accidental drug overdose.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says it's an epidemic affecting all 88 counties.

"I'm convinced that we can not arrest our way out of this problem," said DeWine.

During a community discussion in Warren, DeWine said his office will continue to help local law enforcement tackle major drug dealers, but the most effective tool to stopping drug abuse is community involvement.

His message, attracted many who in one way or another have been affected by drugs. The conversation touched on several concerns, such as how long insurance covers treatment and the need to make help available the moment someone asks.

"If I'm an addict and I'm coming to the hospital today saying I need help and they say, 'well here's a number keep calling them all week until you can get in' I might not get in," said April Caraway with the Trumbull County Mental Health Recovery Board.

Education was another concern. Some in attendance recommended that effective prevention and education tools be provided to all grade levels, beginning with kindergarten.

"The talk of drug use, abuse, addiction and the affects is not addressed deeply until these kids are reaching high school and then it is completed in one semester. This is absurd," said High School Intervention Specialist Amy Fredrick.

"The schools working with the leaders in the community can work out so somehow, either in school or outside of school, we're reaching these kids every single year." said DeWine.

DeWine will hear concerns from several Ohio communities, he'll then make recommendations across the state to help curb drug abuse.

  • More From wfmj.comHot ClicksMore>>

  • NASA's Tess spacecraft embarks on quest to find new planets

    NASA's Tess spacecraft embarks on quest to find new planets

    Friday, April 20 2018 7:24 PM EDT2018-04-20 23:24:40 GMT
    (SpaceX via AP). This photo released by SpaceX on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 shows a Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Fla. Once in orbit, TESS will peer at hundreds of thousands...(SpaceX via AP). This photo released by SpaceX on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 shows a Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Fla. Once in orbit, TESS will peer at hundreds of thousands...
    NASA's newest planet-hunting spacecraft is back on the pad for another shot at launch.More >>
    NASA's newest planet-hunting spacecraft is back on the pad for another shot at launch.More >>
  • 420's long, strange trip to pot holiday began in California

    420's long, strange trip to pot holiday began in California

    Friday, April 20 2018 6:22 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:22:16 GMT
    (AP Photo/Eric Risberg). In this Friday, April 13, 2018, photo, the Waldos, from left, Mark Gravitch, Larry Schwartz, Dave Reddix, Steve Capper and Jeffrey Noel pose below a statue of Louis Pasteur at San Rafael High School in San Rafael, Calif. Friday...(AP Photo/Eric Risberg). In this Friday, April 13, 2018, photo, the Waldos, from left, Mark Gravitch, Larry Schwartz, Dave Reddix, Steve Capper and Jeffrey Noel pose below a statue of Louis Pasteur at San Rafael High School in San Rafael, Calif. Friday...
    Where are The Waldos? Not far from the San Francisco Bay Area high school where in 1971 the five buddies' search for a marijuana patch gave birth to the term 420, now the date for marijuana's high holiday and...More >>
    Where are The Waldos? Not far from the San Francisco Bay Area high school where in 1971 the five buddies' search for a marijuana patch gave birth to the term 420, now the date for marijuana's high holiday and universal slang for smoking weed.More >>
  • 2 black men arrested at Starbucks get an apology from police

    2 black men arrested at Starbucks get an apology from police

    Friday, April 20 2018 11:33 AM EDT2018-04-20 15:33:50 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma). In this Wednesday, April 18, 2018 photo, Rashon Nelson, left, and Donte Robinson, right, listen to a reporter's question during an interview with The Associated Press in Philadelphia. Their arrests at a local Starbucks quic...(AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma). In this Wednesday, April 18, 2018 photo, Rashon Nelson, left, and Donte Robinson, right, listen to a reporter's question during an interview with The Associated Press in Philadelphia. Their arrests at a local Starbucks quic...
    Two black men arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks where they were waiting for a business meeting say they wonder how an everyday encounter could escalate into a police confrontation that left them fearing for...More >>
    Two black men arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks where they were waiting for a business meeting say they wonder how an everyday encounter could escalate into a police confrontation that left them fearing for their lives.More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms