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Coroner's Group Opposes Issue One

Oct 9, 2018

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The Ohio State Coronor's Association has come out against state issue one on the fall ballot. The measure reduces sentences for some low-level drug crimes. 

The group says it opposes any measure that makes it difficult to prosecute drug dealers and traffickers. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

Ohio coroners say Issue 1 will help re-sentence drug dealers, putting them back on the streets to “continue poisoning their communities.”

Dr. Lisa Mannix is the coroner for Butler County, which has seen the overdose death rate more than double in the last four years.

 

Mannix: “It’s deceptive, it’s not about neighborhood safety, and drug treatment, and rehabilitation, it’s about prison reform and if you empty the prisons you will fill the morgue.”

 

The “Yes on Issue 1” campaign says the current system is already broken and that the new measure would provide much needed money and treatment for drug offenders.