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Drug addiction tears families apart. Just devastating to our communities, our state and our country. Today, sadly drug overdoses are the leading cause of death in Ohio. Too many are unable to achieve their god-given purpose because of this disease. As a father, my heart breaks for these families. We need to fight back. In my hometown of Cincinnati, I founded the coalition for a drug-free greater Cincinnati. My efforts were successful in reducing teen drug abuse. Since then, I've worked with experts around the country on a half dozen bipartisan laws to help with drug prevention and treatment. Like the Drug Free Communities Act, which helped launch 2000 community anti-drug coalitions across the country. I've worked to help states prevent prescription drugs from being sold illegally across state lines and to provide resources to address drug abuse in our schools, to stop the problem before it starts. And our new legislation, the comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act combats the prescription drug and heroin addiction crisis. We've made progress, but there's still a lot of work left to do. To help communities, to help families and to help people get their lives back on track.
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