DeWine begins work to tackle opioid crisis

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Governor Mike DeWine didn’t waste any time getting down to business as the Governor of Ohio.  DeWine signed six executive orders immediately after taking office.

The orders took up issues such as protecting pregnant state employees from discrimination and Ohio’s opioid crisis. 

In front of a crowd of supporters at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Governor Mike DeWine did a ceremonial signing of the first of six executive orders announced this week.

Looking to help new mothers by boosting funding for home visitation programs, the new Ohio governor took a moment to touch upon the state’s opioid crisis and the impact it has on children. 

“The most important thing we can do to dampen down this drug epidemic, any addiction, is to try to reach children early,” said DeWine.

Tom Thompson, founder of The Refuge – an addiction recovery Christian ministry which works with men and women to end their drug addiction.

Thompson says he’s worked with DeWine when he was the Ohio attorney general to combat the opioid epidemic. 

“This is an epidemic and if is going to take the community level to really combat this making it human,” said Thompson.

Recovery Ohio Initiative, put in place by the governor will take a look at the state’s anti-drug efforts.
Taking a look at prevention, treatment, criminal justice and recovery support. 

“All of these are right alongside of what we do every day. And he is hitting the educational side which is awareness And bringing it into the lowest level of schools,” said Thompson.

“No fault of the schools of the schools or teachers but sometimes we are doing it in the 5th grade sometimes in the 9the grade well if we are serious about this we need to start in kindergarten, something age appropriate what educators call social-emotional learning and do it K-12 every single year,” said DeWine.

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