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Attorney General Mike DeWine address drug epidemic

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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.

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