David Pepper, the presumptive Democratic nominee who will face off against Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in the November General Election, was our guest today. Pepper plans to talk about a five-point plan for battling Ohio’s heroin epidemic, which includes a multi-agency approach that treats heroin use as a public health crisis and tracks its effects in real time.
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Pepper said if elected, he will work to drive down demand by supporting evidence-based prevention programs, targeting opioid oversupply and pushing for far more treatment capacity in every corner of Ohio — including within the criminal justice system.
“DeWine’s response has only come recently,” Pepper said during a news conference Tuesday, saying the “heroin unit” DeWine created has a mission that is poorly defined and unclear, and whose $1 million will accomplish very little.