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Attorney general candidate Pepper unveils heroin plan

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Democratic Ohio Attorney General David Pepper speaks Friday at City Hall downtown. FOX19 photo Democratic Ohio Attorney General David Pepper speaks Friday at City Hall downtown. FOX19 photo
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It's the epidemic plaguing hundreds of Tri-State families -- heroin.

It's become such a problem that the winner of November's Ohio attorney general race could be the one who can convince voters he has the best plan to fight it. 

Incumbent Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat David Pepper, a former Hamilton County commissioner and Libertarian Steven R. Linnabary.

Pepper took his campaign back home Friday morning, touting his plan on the steps of City Hall downtown.

The highlights:

     * Fund treatment studies that show what works and what doesn't in every county.

      * Go after companies that over prescribe and over distribute prescription drugs that many users got addicted to first before turning to heroin.

     *Target dealers by charging them with involuntary manslaughter if someone overdoses.

      * Providing first responders with Narcan, a drug that can immediately save the life of someone overdosing.

DeWine has already implemented a $1 million special heroin unit. It adds more investigators, lawyers and specialists to help fast track heroin cases.

Pepper thinks the state's partly to blame for the current state of affairs.

DeWine believes there is community responsibility.

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