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Abrams, Swearingen Hold Press Conference on Saving Ohio Communities Act

Legislation to Address Drug and Human Trafficking in Ohio
June 27, 2023
D. J. Swearingen News

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COLUMBUS –State Reps. Cindy Abrams (R-Harrison) and D.J. Swearingen (R-Huron) today held a press conference on the Saving Ohio Communities Act, recently introduced legislation to address drug and human trafficking in Ohio.

This bill comes as a result of the staggering increase in drug overdoses, specifically fentanyl poisoning, in Ohio and throughout the United States.

“Our message is clear: don’t come to Ohio if you want to traffic illegal drugs or humans,” said Abrams during the press conference. “We are ready to take legislative action and partner with our law enforcement to fight hard to keep our communities safe.”

Key provisions of the bill are outlined below:

  • Increases drug trafficking charges for cocaine, fentanyl-related compounds, heroin and methamphetamine;
  • Raises the charge for human trafficking to an F1 with its expansion of the definition of human trafficking; and
  • Adds a specification that if someone is found or pleads guilty to a fentanyl-related death, there is a mandatory prison term of five years.

“Drug and human trafficking are two horrific crises that are present right here in our state,” said Swearingen. “It is our responsibility to protect all Ohioans and make Ohio the best place to live and thrive.”

The Saving Ohio Communities Act awaits a bill number and House committee assignment.