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Daylong Conference Brainstorms Ideas To Combat Opioid Overdoses

Jan 16, 2018

Credit Ohio Public Radio

State data shows overdoses from opioids – including heroin and fentanyl – are killing at least nine people a day.

And that figure is likely to rise by the time new numbers are released this summer. Advocates came to Columbus Tuesday for a daylong conference on how local groups and communities can fight the crisis.   Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

The conference was aimed at people who work with victims and survivors of opioid addiction, to help those advocate share ideas. Attorney General Mike DeWine says while there have been thousands of overdose deaths, there are some communities making progress.

“What you’re seeing in Ohio is different communities handling this differently. And there’s nothing wrong with that. That enables us to maybe take a good look at what works.”

While DeWine says drug courts are working well, the desperate need for treatment has created what he calls “fly by night” operators running cash-only clinics and unregulated facilities. DeWine says state lawmakers need to deal with that right away.