Drug prevention education in schools to be considered in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – State leaders say a committee of experts will study drug-use prevention education in Ohio schools with orders to report back in three months.

The committee announced Thursday will also issue recommendations for putting age-appropriate drug education in schools in every grade.

The committee of more than 20 people including lawmakers, treatment providers, law enforcement officials and educators will hold meetings around the state to see what kind of education schools currently use.

The initiative was announced by Attorney General Mike DeWine, Ohio Senate President Keith Faber and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger.

As the state’s addictions epidemic continues, Ohio troopers say they seized about seven times as much heroin during the first half of 2016 as they did during the same period last year.

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