Dayton Mayor and candidate for Ohio Governor Nan Whaley today released her second campaign video discussing Ohio’s heroin emergency and one of her top priorities–taking on the big drug companies and holding them responsible for the epidemic they created.
You can view the video here: https://youtu.be/0XFyBobZ40U.
“The heroin epidemic is no accident. It didn’t just happen. It started with the drug companies,” said Whaley in the video. “The drug companies made this mess, and it’s time they stopped passing the buck to Ohio’s taxpayers and started paying to clean it up.”
Ohio leads the nation in opioid overdose deaths. Since 2003, opioid-related deaths have increased 775 percent in Ohio with 2,590 deaths in 2015. Numbers are expected only to rise due to increased prevalence of the ultra-potent opioid fentanyl–which can be unknowingly combined with heroin and other drugs.
“On my watch, if the drug companies want to keep doing business in Ohio, they need to pay for the police and first responders, the detox facilities and recovery services that threaten to bankrupt our cities and towns,” continued Whaley.
The state spends approximately $1 billion per year–of state and federal tax dollars–addressing the opioid epidemic.
“We’re beyond a crisis,” said Whaley. “We’re in a state of emergency.”
Similar to her announcement video, this video will be accompanied by a substantial online ad buy across the state.