GOP Sen. Portman hosts heroin discussion in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Anti-drug activists, community leaders, school officials and students are gathering in Columbus to take part in a roundtable discussion about heroin.

Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of the Cincinnati area was scheduled to host the Wednesday morning gathering on heroin abuse, and prevention, treatment and recovery from the drug that's increasingly causing addiction and deaths across Ohio.

Portman says a comprehensive, "all hands on deck" effort is needed to counter heroin and other opoids.

The discussion was scheduled to be held with the Drug Free Action Alliance, at the Youth 2 Youth International Center.