The 132nd General Assembly marks my last term as your state representative, and I’m making it my mission to spread a positive message throughout the 98th Ohio House District about the power of saying no to drugs. It’s no secret—Ohio is firmly in the grasp of an opioid epidemic that seems unstoppable, despite the initiatives and funding promoted at the state level to put an end to this scourge. That’s why it is more imperative than ever before to implement preventative measures in order to protect future generations from succumbing to the illness of addiction.


I’m proud to join Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in our community for “TUSC Talk: An Evening to Discuss Heroin and Other Opiates in our Community.” This event is free and open to the public and will take place on Thursday, April 20th at 6:00 p.m. It will be held at Joseph Welty Middle School in the auditorium, located at 315 4th Street NW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663. This discussion will give individuals and families a platform to communicate how the opiate epidemic is impacting our neighborhoods and cities to the Attorney General and me.


The event will also be in support of the recently launched “Got Your Back” Ohio Drug-Free Initiative, which I created in coordination with the Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition. This initiative is being promoted across the 98th District and inspires students to remain drug free. To publicize this message, I encourage students to post a photo to either Facebook or Twitter standing back-to-back with a friend, mentor, or family member using the hashtag #GotYourBack. The intent of this campaign is to highlight the importance of helping each other say no to drugs and live healthy lives.


I’m grateful for the backing of the Attorney General’s office on this endeavor and am hopeful that through the TUSC Talk event, we can spread the word about “Got Your Back” throughout the rest of the state. By being there for each other and demonstrating that saying no to drugs is the cool thing to do, our children are better educated about the dangers of drug use and can help spread this positive message among their peers. By utilizing the power of social media, we can reach and educate so many of our youth without spending a penny.


Remember, the TUSC Talk on April 20th is free and open to the public, and I highly recommend all citizens in our district to attend and hear from the Attorney General and the state legislature about the work being done to combat Ohio’s opiate epidemic. Further, the discussion gives us an opportunity to hear from you about what more can be done to help the addicted and stop the epidemic from infiltrating our youth. In the meantime, I hope to see your #GotYourBack social media posts with your friends and family calling for an end to drug abuse and addiction.

 
 
 
  
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