Kasich presents new opiate abuse initiative

Copyright, The Associated Press. Aug 3, 2015.
FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

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.

(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s