Central Ohio Authorities Meet To Fight Addictions Epidemic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Hundreds of people in central Ohio are gathering to discuss ways to fight the state’s drug addiction epidemic.

The one-day meeting Wednesday in Columbus brings together law enforcement personnel, substance abuse counselors, health department workers, educators, clergy, lawmakers and others.

Fatal drug overdoses have been the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio since 2007, surpassing car crashes.

Last year 193 people in Franklin County died from drug overdoses. That’s down slightly from the past couple years but still near highest-ever levels.

A record 2,482 people in Ohio died from accidental overdoses in 2014.