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“We need our partners in mainstream medicine to step up and open more detox facilities, get more doctors qualified to treat people, get more doctors who can prescribe Medication assisted treatment,” Judge Matia said. “That is the only way we’re going to dig ourselves out of this opioid crisis.”

DeMareo Cooper, executive director of the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, the organization that led the initiative, said they plan to move the issue to the Ohio legislature next.

“This was never the end of something, it’s always been the beginning of something,” said Cooper.

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