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2011 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report

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Ohio Attorney General’s OfficeOffice 614-466-432030 E. Broad St., 17th FloorColumbus, OH 43215 www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov 
 August 1, 2011 The Honorable John KasichGovernor of the State of Ohio77 S. High St.Columbus, OH 43215 The Honorable Jon HustedOhio Secretary of State180 E. Broad St.Columbus, OH 43215Dear Governor Kasich and Secretary Husted: The Ohio Attorney General’s Office touches nearly every corner of state government by representing the interests of office holders and agencies, assisting the criminal justice community,and advocating for consumers. This fiscal 2011 report details how we are meeting theresponsibilities of the office and putting special emphasis on protecting Ohio’s families and children. To address that priority, we have targeted the areas of greatest concern, identified potentialsolutions, realigned resources, and coordinated our internal efforts with like-minded agencies andorganizations. For example, we are:
 
Overhauling the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) to increase its efficiency, enhance itscapabilities, and reduce its response time;
 
Combating prescription drug abuse with designated initiatives, personnel, and training;
 
Stepping up the criminal pursuit of scammers and financial predators who target consumers;
 
 Working with the Ohio General Assembly on initiatives such as Internet café regulation and“Right to Cure” legislation;
 
Focusing on key issues affecting children and teens, including sex trafficking, prescriptiondrug abuse, child abuse, missing children, and cyberbullying.Our progress in these and other areas in fiscal 2011 is documented on the following pages.I am grateful to the dedicated professionals in the Attorney General’s Office whose work isdescribed in this report and who, on a daily basis, make a positive difference in the lives of theirfellow citizens and their colleagues in state and local government. Very respectfully yours,Mike DeWineOhio Attorney General
 
 
Protecting Ohio’s Families
 
Nearly every aspect of the work of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office — from assisting local law enforcement to rooting out public wrongdoing to upholding the rule of law — revolves around a central mission of protecting Ohio families. Several efforts are particularly tied to this overarching theme: 
Fighting the Prescription Drug Epidemic
Prescription drug abuse is devastating families and communities across Ohio, and Attorney General Mike DeWine is devoting resources and personnel throughout his office to battle it.Unintentional drug overdoses kill an average of four Ohioans every day, more than die in caraccidents statewide, and since 2007 have been the leading cause of accidental death in the state. The issue knows no geographic, socio-economic, age, or cultural boundaries. Attorney General DeWine has dedicated significant resources to the problem by:
 
Bringing on a former prosecutor from one of the state’s hardest-hit areas to lead theinitiative;
 
 Authorizing the hiring of two additional assistant attorneys general to help prepare andprosecute prescription drug cases through the Criminal Justice Section’s SpecialProsecutions Unit;
 
Ensuring the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Ohio Organized CrimeInvestigations Commission have the tools and funding to pursue those who illegally divert prescription drugs;
 
Creating regional drug task forces through the OOCIC to investigate pill mills andother illegal activities;
 
Expanding the number of Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy classes onprescription drug abuse;
 
Making its Health and Human Services Section available to help the State MedicalBoard investigate rule violations by physicians, structure subpoenas, and draft andinterpret rules;
 
Creating internal and external advisory groups to help focus the office’s work on thetopic;
 
Developing materials that raise awareness of the dangers associated with prescriptiondrug abuse;
 
 Working with local, state, and federal authorities on prescription drug issues and anincreasingly apparent problem with heroin use in the state; and
 
Collaborating on two new state laws. One requires the licensure of pain managementclinics, limits the controlled substances prescribers can furnish to patients, andestablishes a prescription drug take-back program to be coordinated by the Attorney General’s Office, the Ohio Pharmacy Board, and the Ohio Department of Alcohol andDrug Addiction Services. The other outlaws the use of certain forms of syntheticmarijuana, adds the active ingredient in so-called “bath salts” to the list of Schedule Icontrolled substances, and adds drugs that are chemically similar to Schedule I or IIcontrolled substances to the Schedule I list.
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