ZANESVILLE, Ohio-Â U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) stopped through Muskingum County Tuesday afternoon.
The democratic senator addressed the recent increase in heroin overdoses throughout the county.
“Our state has been hit as hard as any place, and we’ve not seen the state legislature or the Congress address it very well,” said Senator Brown.
The South Zanesville Fire Department announced the increase of heroin overdoses inÂ a public service announcement earlier this month.
“State government’s turned it’s back on communities like Muskingum County and [the] federal government, Congress, has not done its job,” said Senator Brown.
Senator Brown said that when this many people are dying, its not a character issue, and the community needs help.
“I know people in Zanesville know how to do prevention, they know how to do education, they know how to do treatment of people with addiction issues but they need some more money. Because this epidemic has been overwhelming in so many communities way bigger than anybody would have predicted, it’s a public health crisis,” said Senator Brown.
For more information on addiction, or if you or someone you know needs help with addiction, contact Muskingum Behavioral Health at (740)-454-1266.