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“I’m not allowed to talk about the specifics. But I will simply tell you it’s shocking,” DeWine told 60 Minutes. “Anyone who was looking at those numbers, as those middlemen were, as these distributors were, clearly, clearly should’ve seen that something was dramatically wrong.”
On the campaign trail, DeWine said the pharmaceutical industry should help pay for the costs of the recovery initiatives.
In May 2017 Ohio filed suit against five drug makers: Purdue Pharma, Endo Health Solutions, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and its subsidiary Cephalon, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Allergan. The suit, filed in Ross County Common Pleas Court, claims the companies violated Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act, committed Medicaid fraud, created a public nuisance and violated the Ohio Corrupt Practices Act.
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As a candidate for governor, DeWine also pledged to create at least 60 more specialized drug courts, expand drug task force models, expand early intervention programs that target Ohio families and children in foster care, double substance abuse treatment capacity, and institute drug prevention education in all schools.
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The opiate crisis will be one of the biggest challenges facing the DeWine administration. Statewide about $1 billion is spent in tax dollars annually to address the opioid epidemic, including treatment, law enforcement and prevention.
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