The Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis is by far the biggest issue that we as Ohioans face right now. Drug addiction is wreaking havoc on our cities, and Ohio leads the nation in overdose deaths! We cannot ignore the problem, and the problem is not going to go away on its own. It will take efforts to identify the root of the addiction problem, beginning with those who are bringing the drugs into our country. Some of the drugs, which have fallen into the hands of ordinary citizens have not originated in Ohio. And oftentimes, drug addiction starts when a physician prescribes drugs for a legitimate health issue. In these cases, treatment is needed. This means we need to fund treatment facilities, and to stop incarcerating people with drug addictions. We also need a public awareness campaign to help citizens better understand the symptoms of when a loved one is in addiction trouble, so that they can receive the care that they need. This is a national crisis and the solution should start in Ohio. We got it wrong on dealing with drug abuse during the crack cocaine crisis, and we finally recognized that incarceration is not the most effective way to treat drug addiction. We cannot turn back the clock and start a new War on People, disguised as a War on Drugs!