U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)  is asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to establish federal squads to combat prescription drug abuse in the the state.

Brown sent a letter to Holder Thursday 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 the Justice Department, tactical diversion squads combine D-E-A 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.

"The prescription drug abuse problem in Ohio is worsening each 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 through our neighbors in Kentucky and Michigan are," Brown said. "That's why I'm 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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