New Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to Address Childrens’ Needs

COLUMBUS (AP) — The need to boost Ohio’s gas tax, efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, and programs to improve children’s lives are among topics that Gov. Mike DeWine was expected to address Tuesday in his first State of the State speech. Since taking office, the Republican has made […]

Children: DeWine made one of his first directives a public awareness campaign to boost interest in foster care and adoption. That announcement came at a time when nearly 16,000 children are in the custody of Ohio county children services agencies. At his inauguration he spoke of the need “to intervene early in the lives of at-risk kids.”

— Opioids: DeWine is the third consecutive Ohio governor confronting a deadly addictions epidemic that shows limited signs of abating. He wants his “RecoveryOhio” plan to provide prevention programs in communities and schools, improve access to treatment, and help underserved populations of kids, older adults and veterans. Ohio saw a record 4,854 unintentional fatal overdoses in 2017.

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