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Pepper says Ohio AG DeWine has been late to the heroin fight
Wants to beef up efforts to link drug dealers and overdoses

Andy Chow
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David Pepper, the likely Democratic nominee for Ohio attorney general, says statewide leaders are not doing enough to combat Ohio’s heroin problem. Pepper, a Cincinnati lawyer, says Attorney General Mike DeWine is falling behind on the issue. Pepper wants to ramp up efforts to link overdose deaths to drug dealers so they can be charged with homicide. He says that’s already happening in communities around Ohio.

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“We’ll bring in the training. We’ll bring in special prosecution support if you need it. We’ll do everything we can so that you too—in your county—can send the message that’s happening in Cuyahoga or Akron which is if there’s an overdose death—we’re going to work overtime to figure out who sold that and we’re going to bring these much more serious charges.”

Last year, DeWine created a special heroin unit that committed investigators, lawyers and abuse awareness specialists to combating the drug epidemic.

Pepper says DeWine is late to the game with these types of efforts.


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