Ohio governor sees progress, despite increasing fatal overdoses

Accidental drug overdoses killed a record 3,050 people in Ohio last year

Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks at the Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative opening summit, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in Cincinnati. Accidental drug overdoses killed 3,050 people in Ohio last year, an average of eight per day, as deaths blamed on the powerful painkiller fentanyl again rose sharply and pushed the total overdose fatalities to a record high, the state reported Thursday.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks at the Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative opening summit, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in Cincinnati. Accidental drug overdoses killed 3,050 people in Ohio last year, an average of eight per day, as deaths blamed on the powerful painkiller fentanyl again rose sharply and pushed the total overdose fatalities to a record high, the state reported Thursday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s governor sees progress in the state’s anti-drug efforts, despite a new report that shows another record death toll from accidental overdoses.

Accidental drug overdoses killed a record 3,050 people in Ohio last year.

Republican Gov. John Kasich says he feels “terrible” about the deaths, but believes lives are being saved by steps taken, including increased monitoring of drug prescriptions and crackdowns on “pill mills.”

He wants continued expansion of anti-drug messages to young people, beginning in their early school years. He says the previous generation grew up accustomed to easy access to painkillers that have fueled overdose deaths.

He also urged interstate cooperation in anti-drug efforts.

Kasich spoke Thursday to a special regional judicial summit on opioids in Cincinnati involving officials from nine states.

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