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DeWine Joins Teens in Rally Against Drug Use in Columbus

a photo of teens rallying in Columbus
ANDY CHOW
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU
Gov. Mike DeWine made some quick remarks and took selfies with the teens.

Thousands of teenagers from around the state gathered in Columbus for a rally against drug use where they were greeted by a special guest.

The We are the Majority Rally has been assembling teenagers for a high-energy event for eight years now.

Gov. Mike DeWine joined them at the start, saying substance abuse education and prevention plays a key role in fighting the state’s opioid epidemic. He said this rally emphasizes an important point.

“They’re carrying a message that look we’re in the majority," DeWine said. "A majority of kids do not do drugs, I think that’s a pretty powerful message.”

DeWine made some quick remarks and took dozens of selfies. This was the first time a governor had attended the rally, which ends with the teens marching to the Ohio Statehouse.