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Ohio Governor, AG Ask Help of Schools to Fight Drug Deaths

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s governor and top law enforcer are asking educators across the state to help in the battle against opiate addiction.

Gov. John Kasich and Attorney General Mike DeWine made the plea in a conference call Thursday with superintendents, principals, counselors and other education leaders.

Kasich said he believes “a few simple sentences” from a teacher a child respects can be an effective tool in keeping them from getting involved in drugs and saving lives. The Republican governor said the state is making important progress against a record-high number of fatal overdoses from heroin and painkillers but “progress isn’t enough.”

Both he and DeWine offered the services and resources of their offices to school districts in order to achieve the goal of getting the anti-drug message to more young people.