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Community leaders meet to discuss opioid epidemic

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Columbiana County, October 11, 2016 | comments
Dozens of community leaders, from law enforcement officers to hospital executives to concerned citizens, are gathering in Lisbon for a special meeting to tackle the opioid epidemic.
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Published on October 11, 2016

Dozens of community leaders, from law enforcement officers to hospital executives to concerned citizens, are gathering in Lisbon for a special meeting to tackle the opioid epidemic.

If you're watching this on TV, no matter where you live, no matter what state you're in, you have an opioid problem in your community. You have a heroin problem," said Ohio Attorney General, Mike DeWine.

And community grass roots efforts and kindergarten through 12th grade education are what the attorney general says is going to help.

U.S. representative Bill Johnson and Columbiana County State Rep Timothy Ginter, agree with the attorney general and added that this was the right setting for the meeting after the photo of the little boy in the back of the car with the passed out couple was seen around the world.

"You know the picture that went viral out of East Liverpool didn't surprise me and did not surprise anybody in law enforcement. This is what law enforcement is seeing every single day and it's just so sad. We're probably losing eight to ten people everyday in Ohio who die of an overdose, but in addition to each on of them and that tragedy there's their family. Some of them are leaving children, and grandchildren behind," said DeWine.

East Liverpool Police Chief, John Lane, who made the decision to show that now infamous photo, also spoke Tuesday. He talked about the need for more resources in the municipalities, giving an example of last week during an incident; it took more than seven doses of Naloxone to wake of someone who had overdosed.

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