WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSAZ) -- Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urging him to establish two Ohio-based tactical diversion squads to help the state crack down on ‘pill mills’ and prescription drug-related crimes.

According to a news release, Justice Department tactical diversion squads combine DEA resources with those of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in an innovative effort to investigate, disrupt and dismantle those suspected of violating drug laws. There are currently 37 operational tactical diversion squads nationwide, but none are based in Ohio.

“The prescription drug abuse problem in Ohio is worsening by the day. It’s shocking that as the 7th-largest state in the nation, our state is not home to a single tactical diversion squad to combat this issue—even though our neighbors Kentucky and Michigan are,” Brown said. “That’s why I am urging Attorney General Holder to establish two tactical diversion squads in Ohio—one in the north and one in the south. We must do all we can to stop this epidemic, which has already cost so many lives and futures in Ohio.”

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