COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. John Kasich plans to discuss the state’s latest efforts to fight opiate abuse at an event in Columbus.
Kasich, a Republican presidential hopeful, is slated to return to his home state for the noontime event Monday at a Kroger store. A media advisory from his office says he will announce “new advances” to combat the drug problem.
Fatal drug overdoses remain the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, above car crashes, a trend that began in 2007.
State officials recently reported that 2,482 people died from accidental overdoses in 2014, an 18 percent increase over the previous year.
Kasich has been frequently traveling out of state for his White House bid, spending time most recently in the early primary voting state of New Hampshire.
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