DeWine schedules drug epidemic community meeting in Portsmouth

By Frank Lewis

October 22, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced on Monday that he will hold a community meeting in Portsmouth on Wednesday to discuss the current status of the drug epidemic in Ohio.

The discussion, which will be held at The Counseling Center, 411 Court St., the former Scudder School building, in Portsmouth, will include comments from a panel of experts regarding their perspectives on opiate abuse in the state, with a public discussion to follow.

A news release from DeWine’s office said the meeting will take place from 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. and the public is encouraged to attend.

DeWine said a lot of the dialogue on the subject came out of a summit he put together in October 2011.

“We had law enforcement people from different states,” DeWine said. “And we have been working with them. So if we pick up a guy in Ohio peddling prescription drugs, and we figure out it came from Florida, we have contacts down there. So we go back to Florida and start working with them, and they kind of reverse engineer this thing and take it back to the pharmacy, or take it back to the doctors.”

DeWine personally closed Scioto County’s last of nine pain clinics at a mall in Wheelersburg.

He said he believes every state is starting to become more aware of the problem, which has brought about the open line of communication.

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