Obama drug czar in Ohio to discuss Rx abuse

COLUMBUS, OH (AP) - The White House drug czar is in Ohio Monday to talk about prescription drug abuse as the Obama administration unveils its annual drug control strategy.

Director of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske is visiting Cincinnati in the morning, before heading to Columbus in the afternoon.

While in the state capital, Kerlikowske will be accompanied by Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

During his stops, Kerlikowske will discuss an administration plan for addressing what's described as a national prescription drug abuse epidemic.

These events coincide with the release of the White House's 2011 anti-drug strategy. Last year's plan had a broad focus on drug treatment and prevention.

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