The Ohio Attorney General made a stop in Zanesville Friday afternoon, to discuss drug related crimes and addictions within the community.
Mike DeWine is making a series of visits to several cities and counties over the next few months for community forums where concerned residents and local law enforcement can address the problem and how to prevent drug use and abuse.
"It gives me the opportunity to hear what problems they have, gives me the opportunity to talk to them about what we are doing in the Attorney General’s Office and what services we have available to them," DeWine said.
DeWine said the forum’s main objective is to share information between his office, police officers, prosecutors and the community, because it is not only a law enforcement concern, it takes the whole community to be involved.
Frazeysburg Chief of Police, James McCall agrees, "We all have to network together, we all have to work together to solve the problem. Obviously there has been a war on drugs for decades now, and you are never going to win that war. But we can defeat it by small pieces by small pieces. The only way we are going to do that is networking and working together, that means, state, federal, local law enforcement and county law enforcement are all going to have to work together to solve it."
DeWine said the drug problem has spread over the past few decades, from the cities to rural areas, such as Zanesville and that drugs take the life of five people per day.