DUBLIN, OH (WCMH) — Dublin Scioto High School was host to another local community conversation on Wednesday night highlighting central Ohio’s heroin epidemic.
The meeting followed a similar format to other community conversations around Columbus, allowing community members to listen to panelists — including Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine — and leaders and ask questions about addiction.
Panelists talked about a variety of topics, including naloxone in schools to counteract opiate overdoses and the physical signs of opiate addiction.
One panelist noted that those signs could include things like missing spoons or foil inside your home or a young person with a part-time job who never has any money.
DeWine said that while some people feel these meetings are all talk and no action, he believes it’s crucial to bring people together and talk about solutions.
“Every single community has a drug problem,” DeWine said. “Some worse than others, some may be a little different. But this heroin, pain med, fentanyl, now carfentanil, it’s killing people. We’re losing eight people a day in Ohio, on average.”