Kasich discovers drug crisis


Toledo Blade: Gov. John Kasich said recently that when it comes to the opioid overdose epidemic, Ohio is “paying the price right now for a lot of the neglect that happened in the past.”

Well, no kidding. Mr. Kasich has been governor since 2011. During that time, Ohio has become the nation’s leader in opioid overdose deaths. We’re No. 1, which is humiliating and shameful.

If blame has to be assigned, Mr. Kasich would be a logical person to point the finger at. For too long in 2016, the governor was on the campaign trail, touting his $2 billion rainy day fund as his chief qualification for being president.

But the governor is now grasping the gravity of the opiate situation and leading efforts to address the epidemic.

Mr. Kasich’s effort to attack the source of addiction has the potential to be a game-changer.

Patting himself on the back for his stepped-up efforts, Mr. Kasich said, “We’re winning the battle, but we’ve got a long way to go to win the war.”

Welcome to the fight, governor. Better late than absent.

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