Updated Mon, Nov 18, 2013 3:22 pm
Ohio's attorney general says heroin abuse has become a statewide epidemic.
Attorney General Mike DeWine called a news conference Monday in Columbus with parents of a heroin overdose victim and a county coroner. DeWine says state statistics compiled by his office from coroners are incomplete but show hundreds of heroin-related deaths this year, with numbers continuing to rise.
DeWine says there is a heroin problem in every part of the state. He says communities that don't think they have a problem are probably in denial. He urges grassroots, community-based efforts against heroin.
Amid crackdowns on prescription drug abuse in the state, heroin use has jumped as cheap, potent versions have swept into Ohio.