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OH: Governor needs parents to warn kids about drugs

January 8, 2014
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's governor says that although the state has made progress in fighting prescription drug abuse, it remains a huge problem.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) wants parents and other adults to start talking to children about the dangers of drugs.

On Wednesday, he promoted a new state initiative that is focused on getting the drug-free message to middle school and high school students. He was joined by his wife, the attorney general and other state leaders to discuss the effort at two southwest Ohio schools.

The drug-prevention push comes as the state cracks down on prescription drug abuse. Ohio also faces an increasing problem of heroin in communities.

Drug overdoses, spurred by increased use of painkillers and heroin, have surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio.



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