Drug use is a public health epidemic and Ohio is not immune. Use of illegal substances and misuse of prescription medications are both to blame for disability and/or early death among our youth. A dramatic increase in prescribing over the past decade has brought these dangerous medications into the homes of the majority of Ohioans. As a result, addiction to prescription pain medications and their chemical lookalike, heroin, is on the rise.
Under Governor John R. Kasich’s leadership, Ohio has made attacking the drug problem a priority, and since 2011, the state has adopted a multi-pronged approach to fight drug abuse from all angles. Efforts are underway to promote public and professional education, ramp up enforcement and interdiction efforts on our highways, and expand treatment options and recovery supports so those struggling with addiction can get back onto their feet and into the workforce.