COLUMBUS – One month ago, President Trump officially declared the opioid crisis “a National Emergency.” This emergency has its roots right here in the great state of Ohio. Ohio leads the charge in many great things. This is not one for which to be proud. According to the Franklin County Coroner, opioid deaths in central Ohio alone are up 88% since this same time last year.

According to Young’s office, “Every year since 1999 we have lost the war on drugs. Every year the amount of money spent and the attention given to help these suffering masses of people has increased dramatically and yet every year the number of Ohioans killed in this war has increased significantly.” The legislature has spent millions of dollars to combat this every year and still it seems that we are fighting a losing battle. Representative Young reported, “I have invited several faith-based groups in to share testimonies of how they have helped the addicted.” Young continued. “I am inspired by the success that they have seen. I believe they need to be part of the discussion as they are indeed part of the solution.”

The Rally will be held at the West Lawn of the Statehouse Tuesday September 19th from 9:00am to noon.

Several state and national leaders are scheduled to speak at the event. Among those are Congressman Warren Davidson, ODRC Director Gary Mohr, and several other State Representatives. Many who have been freed from their addictions will also be presenting their testimonies throughout the morning.

The Executive Director of RU Recovery Ministries, Tim Farley will be speaking at the rally. RU is a Non-Profit (501-C3) faith-based addiction program, based in Rockford, Illinois.  RU hosts over 1,500 chapters worldwide.  RU Recovery Ministries has a large presence in this area, with over 50 chapters currently meeting within the state. Several of those testifying have had recovery without relapse through this particular ministry.

Additionally, Pastor Jonathon Price Executive Director of Hope over Heroin, who has a presence all over the state will be speaking and will be bringing a couple of men who have found victory over their addiction through this faith-based program.

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