Senator Brown discusses opioid abuse in Warren

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WARREN, Ohio -Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, discussed new legislation at Compass Family and Community Services in Warren on Monday morning.

The proposed legislation will help combat opioid abuse, according to Brown.

The Ohio Department of Health reports that 2,482 Ohio residents died from drug overdoses in 2014, the most recent numbers that are available. Opioids — prescription, fentanyl and heroin — accounted for 1,988 of those deaths. That means that more than 80 percent of all overdoses in Ohio were opioid-related.

Last year heroin caused 80 overdoses in Trumbull County alone.

“That’s why I’ve introduced the Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Reduction Act – a comprehensive solution to address this multifaceted problem,” Brown said in a news release. “It should not be easier for Ohioans to get their hands on opioids than it is for them to get help to treat their addiction.”

Brown joined Linda Spies, a mother from Trumbull County who's son is managing his addiction through medication-assisted treatment, also known as MAT.

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