Groups rally, demand action on drug scourge in Cincinnati




CINCINNATI (AP) — Heroin awareness and advocacy groups in Cincinnati have rallied on the steps of a downtown jail to demand action after a wave of overdoses hit the region.

The small rally was Sunday afternoon at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

Cincinnati Against Heroin and Heroin Control are among several groups calling on Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) to declare a medical state of emergency to "maximize the use of resources to support local authorities."

Democratic state Rep. Denise Driehaus (dree-HOWS') said Sunday she and some other legislators want Kasich to take action to raise awareness, coordinate efforts and add funding.

A governor's spokeswoman says Kasich doesn't have specific authority under Ohio law to declare a public health emergency.

Cincinnati has seen a surge in overdoses recently, including 174 reported over six days.
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