Ohio A.G. Increasing Prescription Drug Efforts

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Mike DeWine(Photo: Ohio Attorney General's Office)
Mike DeWine(Photo: Ohio Attorney General's Office)

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine says he’s expanding his office to combat the increasing problem of prescription drug abuse.

The announcement comes a day after Ohio House lawmakers introduced legislation to limit doctors’ ability to disperse controlled substances like painkillers.

Dewine says the prescription drug problem is especially bad in rural areas like southern Ohio’s Scioto County, where the A.G. points to at least eight so-called “pill mills,” where doctors allegedly dole out large doses of pills regularly.

At a press conference this morning, Dewine said he’s hiring Adams County prosecutor Aaron Haslam to coordinate prescription drug efforts with local prosecutors. The Attorney General’s also hiring two assistant attorneys to specialize in drug cases, and he’s also increasing funding to train local police.