Ohio symposium looks to tackle drug addiction

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WYTV) – It’s no secret that Mahoning County, like much of Ohio, is facing an avalanche of drug overdoses.

WKBN has reported that in April, Lane LifeTrans EMS crews received an average of one-and-a half drug overdose calls per day. A representative with Lane also said that many of their hospital transportation trips involve heroin.

That’s why court officials, health board leaders and volunteers will meet in Columbus June 23 for a summit focused on opiate addiction, according to the Ohio Supreme Court.

State policy makers are combating both the problem of addiction and family separation caused by drugs, a press release from the court said. State officials hope to combat the problem through strengthening family drug courts.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor said while courts, law enforcement, and treatment professionals are addressing the issue, the problem is greater than these organizations can address on their own.

“This is a community problem. Our courts, law enforcement, and treatment communities across the state are forming strategies to work together on this problem,” O’Connor said. “We are making progress. However, we need the entire community to help us. Leaders of the business community, faith community, educators, medical profession, and many others need to get involved.”

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