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Attorney General in the Valley to meet with law enforcement officials on the heroin epidemic

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Less than a month after he held a community forum on drug dealing in Ohio, Attorney General Mike DeWine was back in the Valley for a meeting with local leaders in law enforcement.

This monthly meeting of local law enforcement leaders gave the attorney general the opportunity to speak directly about common concerns and ways to help. DeWine says his office remains committed to using special units to help fight the growing heroin problem on the local level.

"To talk about this special unit, where we can bring in some technical expertise, help the local law enforcement focus on the bigger dealers not just the street dealers who are very important that we get," DeWine said.

Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Green says the collaborative effort is giving local law enforcement more resources to bring to the fight.

"I think it's great how proactive they're being dealing with the heroin epidemic. If it's not from education it's the assistance of manpower and their investigative resources through the BCI," Greene said.

The attorney general has conducted nine public forums like the one he hosted here last month, and he always says that the battle against drugs can only be won with community involvement.

"The attorney general is not going to solve the drug problem, the governor's not, your local sheriff, your police chief is not going to do it.  It's got to come from you, because prevention and education I think is really the key," Dewine said.

 Greene says the challenge gets bigger because it's spreading to every town and suburb.

 "You normally would think you would see heroin in the bigger cities, but you see it now in these very small communities, these very rural counties. Heroin addiction is everywhere," Greene said.

DeWine says more than 900 people died of heroin overdoses in Ohio last year.

 

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