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Ohio Democrats lay out their fight against heroin
They want more money for treatment as well as more flexibility with search warrants
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Rep. Dan Ramos says heroin use in Ohio has reached epidemic proportions.
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Some Democrats in the Ohio Legislature say it’s time for state leaders to declare a heroin epidemic in Ohio. Rep. Dan Ramos represents Lorain, which has been struck hard by heroin overdoses. 

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“Ohio now suffers from the 12th highest overdose mortality rate in the country. We know that over a record 606 died in 2012 in Ohio from heroin overdoses. Sadly, that year more people died from heroin overdoses or car accidents in our state.”

The Democrats’ plan includes spending $100 million, achieved through Medicaid savings, for treatment programs. The plan also provides some ways to help law enforcement by increasing the time a search warrant can be executed and establishing rules for the sale of gold or silver to shops that will pay cash for those precious metals.

 

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