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Lawmakers Frustrated Over Opioid Drug Abuse Problem And Want Action Now

Democrats in the Ohio Legislature say the opioid abuse crisis is so bad that all state lawmakers should be called together at the Statehouse to deal with it.

Columbus Police report they’ve responded to 35 suspected heroin overdoses in a 24 hour period. In 27 of those cases, paramedics administered a drug that prevents some deadly overdoses. Democratic Rep. Greta Johnson said the entire General Assembly should be called back into session now to come up with a strategic plan to help communities and money to fund it. “When I’m going door to door, when I’m at town meetings, this is all people are talking about. It’s the number one issue on their minds. It’s the number one issue in our communities and they want answers,” Johnson said.

The full legislature isn’t scheduled to come back into session until after the November election. Senate President Keith Faber says legislation to deal with the opioid problem in Ohio is in the works but there is controversy over some details. In a written statement, Gov. John Kasich’s office says he is working with local communities and the legislature and has taken several actions to deal with opioid abuse prevention and treatment.