About 2,000 students take anti-drug message to Columbus


COLUMBUS — Roughly 2,000 middle and high-school students from across Ohio descended on the state capital Tuesday to make the point that they, and the majority of their fellow students, do not abuse drugs, alcohol, or tobacco.

“I think it’s important for legislators, governors, and people who are concerned about the drug problem to listen to you,” Gov. Mike DeWine told the crowd shortly before it began its march across a Scioto River bridge to the Statehouse.

The event dovetails with the governor’s budget proposal to tackle, in conjunction with treatment options, Ohio’s epidemic of opioid and other drug addictions through education designed to prevent abuse in the first place.

“The most powerful thing in the world is knowledge,” said Lilly Westgate, an 18-year-old North Baltimore High School senior planning to study communications disorders at Bowling Green State University. She was among about 18 students on a bus from Wood and Lucas counties to attend the rally.

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