Prescription pill overdose now leading cause of death in Ohio, panel discussion to address the issue

CINCINNATI -- Prescription pill overdoses have surpassed automobile accident fatalities as the leading cause of death in Ohio.

Three community health organizations are working together Thursday to get the word out about prescription drug abuse.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati and TriHealth will meet with key officials, medical experts, members of law enforcement and community advocates to discuss ways to address the challenges of prescription painkiller misuse in the state, according to a press release.

Families who have been impacted by prescription drug abuse will also be attending the discussion.

Commissioner Todd Portune and Hamiltion County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco will open the discussion and Senator Rob Portman will participate.

The panel discussion will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion, located at 6200 Pfeiffer Road.

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