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Officials teaming up at forum on opioid addiction

June 27, 2016 GMT

FINDLAY — An Ohio congressman is joining with state officials to host a forum looking at opioid addiction in the state.

The meeting is set for tonight at the University of Findlay, at the Winebrenner Theological Seminary, 950 N. Main St.

Congressman Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine are taking part.

Latta says fighting opioid abuse needs a coordinated effort among health professionals, law enforcement, public officials and the community.

Latta recently joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in passing a package of bills to address the crisis. He is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over a majority of the bills aimed at stopping the opioid epidemic.

DeWine adds that these types of forums are important because communities need to play a big role in the fight against opiate addiction.

The directors of Ohio’s health department and addiction services department also are expected to take part.

Information and resource tables will be available for viewing from 5:30-6:30 p.m., with the forum’s introductory remarks starting at 6:30 p.m.