Sen. Sherrod Brown addresses state drug problem

Sen. Sherrod Brown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) -The heroin problem in the state and across the region has been growing, but on Thursday, the state reached a new record of overdose deaths.

Experts have said the problem begins with an addiction to painkillers, and that leads users to abuse heroin. On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) addressed the issue.

He urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand treatment options within the state.

“We know how to deal with this. If we provide local governments with the sort of partnership to do it with more local treatment facilities, and I hope the state government will set up more,” he said.

According to state data, 2,482 people died from accidental overdoses in 2014, an 18 percent increase over the previous year and a reminder of the severity of a problem haunting the state for more than a decade.

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