Ohio Lt. Gov. says both her sons are in recovery for heroin addiction

Posted at 6:03 PM, Jul 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-12 20:49:51-04

There’s possibly no issue closer to the heart of Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor than the heroin epidemic.

For her, the issue hits close to home.

Both of Taylor’s sons, ages 23 and 26, are in recovery for heroin addiction.

She said she understands the pain families face when a loved one is battling addiction, and as an elected official, she feels compelled to do something.

“As a parent whose son was saved by Narcan -- as a parent I want to save my son every day of the week … as an elected official we need to have a conversation as to what our comprehensive approach is to treating this,” she said.

But Narcan, a drug that reverses the effects of opioid overdoses, is a polarizing issue in the community.

Just last week, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said his officers would not carry Narcan.

"We're not winning this battle and Narcan is not the answer,” Jones said on “Primetime Justice.”

While Taylor advocates for Narcan, she understands the drug itself isn’t going to remedy the disease of addiction.

“Saving a life is the first, most important step, but we need comprehensive treatment that follows,” she said.