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Mayors Call For Kasich To Open Up State's Emergency Operations Center To Help With Opioid Crisis

The state's Emergency Operations Center has been mobilized several times since it was completed in 1994.

A bipartisan coalition of mayors from 30 Ohio cities are asking Gov. John Kasich to take a major step in fighting opioids. They want an emergency-level statewide clearinghouse to monitor the opioid crisis.A letter from the Ohio Mayors’ Alliance has seven suggestions for Kasich, including activating the Emergency Operations Center. It’s been fired up in weather crises, and with H1N1 flu in 2009 and the Ebola virus in 2014. Keary McCarthy with the Mayors’ Alliance said it could help law enforcement, health professionals, communities and the state share ideas, equipment and supplies. “By bringing the structure together you could actually see a much more efficient delivery of some of these key resources that are costly and are difficult for local cities to stockpile," McCarthy said.A spokesman for Kasich said the governor will give the idea serious consideration. The state’s official count of last year’s overdose deaths is due soon, but it’s expected the opioid crisis is killing 11 Ohioans a day. Copyright 2017 The Statehouse News Bureau. To see more, visit The Statehouse News Bureau.