Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announces the formation of a new Heroin Unit, aimed at combating the growing epidemic of heroin overdoses, addiction, and trafficking in the state.
The Attorney General's Heroin Unit, which will include investigators, lawyers, and drug abuse awareness specialists, will assist in combating issues associated with the heroin epidemic, such as crime, addiction, and overdose deaths.
The decision to create the specialized unit was made after new data gathered by the Attorney General's Office in the past month revealed a 107-percent increase in heroin deaths among more than half of Ohio's counties. The data was collected from 47 Ohio coroner's offices with complete heroin overdose data for 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Attorney General DeWine is joined by Dr. Kent Harshbarger, Montgomery County Coroner, as well as Heidi and T.J. Riggs, parents of a heroin overdose victim.
From the Rhodes State Office Tower, 11/21/13.
November 18, 2013