In 2011, Governor John R. Kasich announced the establishment of the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team to fight opiate abuse in Ohio. Ohio is combating drug abuse through many initiatives on several fronts at the state and local levels involving law enforcement, public health, addiction and treatment professionals, healthcare providers, educators, parents and many others. New initiatives were developed, then launched in 2013 or later, and it will take some time for their full impact to be reflected in reducing the number of drug overdose deaths.

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