Kasich: Ohio to spend $20 million to battle opioid addiction

SANDUSKY, Ohio (WTVN) -- Governor John Kasich says Ohio is stable and strong, but gains over the past year would evaporate without teamwork and risk-taking.

The governor encouraged Ohioans to come together for the good of all Tuesday night during his State of the State address in Sandusky.

Kasich asked state lawmakers to cross political lines to keep Ohio on the cutting edge of emerging technologies and the jobs they could create.

The state's opiate epidemic remains one of the governor's priorities, with a promise to spend $20-million on new treatment methods to prevent addictions.

Kasich says only a fear of change can prevent the Buckeye state from becoming a leader in the Midwest and across the country.

You can read the transcript of Kasich's remarks here.

(NBC NewsRadio contributed to this story.)

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