Ohio's Opioid Crisis
A Symptom Of A Bigger Problem
Unfortunately the opiate crisis didn’t just suddenly appear. It came from years of missed opportunities, unfulfilled promises, lack of vision and just plain greed from profit hungry pharmaceutical and drug manufacturers with legislative lackeys in Columbus and Washington helping their interests while our kids became addicted.
Our social services and law enforcement are facing limited resources in dealing with the opiate crisis, which is a direct result of politicians long-term neglect over our communities that had our jobs outsourced and find our kids moving away for better opportunities.
There’s no single answer to this crisis we face, but we can help reverse the damage done to our towns and families.
We need to establish Drug Courts in every county in the State. Marion and Hardin Counties Drug Courts have reduced recidivism amongst addicts because of the programs associated with the Court. It works.
Facilitate the rehiring and retraining of former convicts and recovering addicts by private and public enterprises to help in their full rehabilitation and reentry in the workforce. You can reduce liability insurance rates for companies hiring ex-felons, etc., for example.
Ensure sufficient Naxolone supplies continue to exist which has helped overdoses since last year. Continue to study the medical benefits, safety, and dosing of marijuana, so that we can use it for difficult-to-manage diseases, such as opiate addiction and chronic pain. According to recent studies, the rate of opiate prescriptions is lower in states where medical marijuana laws have been passed.