DeWine says 'Ohio is in crisis' as he announces 12-step plan to battle opioids

DeWine said a series of new initiatives will help combat the crisis. (WSYX/WTTE)

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced new opioid initiatives Monday.

DeWine (R), who previously announced his candidacy for governor, said a series of new initiatives will help combat the crisis.

He opened his announcement by saying, "Ohio is in crisis. At least 14 Ohioans are dying every single day in our state from drug overdoses."

DeWine said more Ohioans will die from a drug overdose this week than in the Las Vegas mass shooting.

"Countless lives have been ruined," he said.

The AG said he has sued the five largest manufacturers of prescription opioids for their alleged roles in misleading doctors about how addictive prescription opioids are. The companies were Purdue Pharma, Endo Health Solutions, Teva, Johnson & Johnson, and Allergan.

The lawsuit seeked a remedy from the manufacturers to help remediate the damage caused by the proliferation of opioids in Ohio per DeWine.

DeWine said drug companies must be held accountable. He said he will do everything in his power to make that happen.

DeWine announced a 12 point plan to combat the crisis inlcuding giving power to Ohio's governor to declare a public health emergency statewide or in specific areas, and increased drug educaiton in Ohio schools.

DeWine said Ohio should expand and extend programs in all 88 counties.