PORTSMOUTH – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine was on site today for a multi-jurisdictional search for evidence of possible prescription drug abuse at an office at 602 Chillicothe Street in Portsmouth.
"The prescription drug abuse epidemic is destroying Ohio families. Today's raid is the beginning of an unprecedented and coordinated effort with more than 10 state and local agencies coming together to fight prescription drug abuse," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. "Governor Kasich and I will be relentless in our efforts and not let up. The damage done by prescription drug abuse is widespread, insidious and deadly. It has broken up families, left children orphaned and relatives grieving, and it's time put it to an end."
Agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI) and Health Care Fraud Section along with the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation, Pharmacy Board of Ohio, Medical Board of Ohio, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Department of Taxation, Scioto County Prosecutor's Office, Scioto County Sheriff's Office, and the Portsmouth Police Department participated today in the execution of a search warrant for evidence of possible prescription drug abuse.
Attorney General DeWine has made fighting prescription drug abuse a top priority of his office. He recently named former Adams County Prosecutor Aaron Haslam to coordinate his office's efforts fighting prescription drug abuse. The Attorney General also has pledged significant financial resources to help local law enforcement.
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