Ohio is the heart of the rust belt, and it's suffered, big league, over the past three decades due to a decline in infrastructure funding after manufacturing has completely collapsed in the region.
As per the downturn in economic strength, comes with it the crime.
However, the crime that Ohio is seeing is on a catastrophic scale, leading to thefts, robberies, shootings, vandalism, assaults, drug trafficking, and anything else you can name.
Most of this increased crime, however, is a direct result of one particular plague which has the entire Ohio Valley in a death grip; the Heroin Epidemic.
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In fact, many cities in Ohio look like a scene out of a post-apocalyptic film, if not an episode of the walking dead; except the zombies which infest those towns aren't undead… they're Heroin addicts.
Heroin has a stranglehold on Ohioans, to the point that the addicts no longer use reason or logic to exist in society.
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They'll do whatever it takes to get that next fix, and in most cases, it means resorting to the above-mentioned crime.
It's a one of a kind drug, one that physically makes the user suffer in agony when they don't have it in their system, as do most stronger opioids.
Users will call those symptoms being “dope-sick”, which means their bodies are in literal physical pain because they're withdrawing from the powerful opioid.
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So much is the case that Ohio now leads the nation in Heroin Overdoses. In fact, in 2016 the United States itself had more people die from Heroin Overdoses than at the hands of firearms.
Heroin killed well over 4000 people in Ohio last year. Tens of thousands more overdose and survive, and millions are reportedly addicted to Heroin.
It's terrifying local leaders and ripping apart families within communities, and there's seemingly no end in sight, with the potent Fentanyl now being mixed in with Heroin to be sold on the streets due to cheap access from China, which has only created more problems.
Ohio leadership, from mayors, to state representatives, to the city councilman, to church and community leaders alike have all begged Governor John Kasich to do something to help them.
So far, however, Kasich has been a massive failure during his tenure, ignoring the pleas of Ohio families to concern himself with national matters before Ohio, to further benefit his political career.
This has resulted in at least 80 Ohio Commissioners now going over John Kasich’s head, directly to the White House to ask President Trump for assistance.
Key White House adviser Kellyanne Conway stepped onto the stage of the auditorium steps from the White House to address the 80 Ohio County Commissioners on Tuesday, and listen to their concerns.
According to the Commissioners, they believe they made great progress with this administration, who has finally offered to lend an ear and donate their hands to fight the good fight along with Ohio every step of the way.
Licking County Commissioner Duane Flowers asked about federal dollars for the orphans and babies born addicted to opiates. “It wasn’t their fault,” he said of the kids affected, adding that the county child services agency are dealing with record numbers of kids. “But they’re there.”
Wayne County Commissioner Ann Obrecht talked about the financial strain of paying for children of addicts, but also worried about addicts in jail. “They come off Medicaid when they’re in jail,” she said, adding the county had to inevitably pay those bills, in which they simply cannot afford. “We’d like them to stay on.”
Ashtabula County Commissioner Kathryn Whittington spoke of a woman who called her personally and admitted she needed help. “She died two days later because we were waiting for a bed,” Whittington told Conway.
The White House aides spent the entire day at the event was the third the White House has organized with local government officials surrounding the struggles Ohio faves.
They’ve already held intergovernmental affairs sessions with local officials in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Designed to allow local governments to interact with the White House, the forum also included a session with Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and White House aide Omarosa Manigault.
The forum covered topics ranging from trade to infrastructure to workforce development, but for Ohioans, the Heroin Epidemic has become the most major problem of any that the state faces from now into the future.
President Trump has a heart, and throughout the campaign he listened to families of those affected all across the country, promising to extend the full powers of the federal government to help fight the opioid and heroin epidemic which has America on its knees.
One of the major policies of helping fight the issue is simply taking the drugs off the street by building the wall across the southern border and deporting the Mexican drug cartel members who in turn sell the discounted bulk Heroin to predominantly African American gangs in the inner cities who then poison the youth of America with the dangerous drug.
Creation of jobs and life changing education can also reduce the drug dealers and drug addicts which fill such communities, and President Trump had already dedicated billions of resources in order to further that goal.
Much of President Trump's agenda, however, is being met with resistance from the failures of the GOP to accomplish anything and the left wing of America which chooses to resist anything the President puts forward.
Miami County Commissioner John O’Brien said he welcomed the chance to hear from the White House.
“I’ve been an elected county official for 23 years, the last 11 as commissioner, and this is the first time I’ve ever been asked to come to the White House, no matter who the administration is, to voice our needs and what’s happened to our counties,” he said.
Montgomery County Commissioner Deb Lieberman is one of the few Democrats who made the trip.
“They listened,” she said of the Trump admission officials, admitting she was “a little skeptical” about what she would hear. “They came prepared with our issues. It was nice to be heard.”
Conway said the opioid problem will require a comprehensive effort that includes prevention, intervention and a reduction in the supply of the drugs.
“I tell my Democratic friends daily this is a nonpartisan issue starving for bipartisan attention and solutions,” she said.
What remains now is finding quick and long term solutions that can make a difference, and help assist the Americans that fought so hard to elect President Trump and Make America Great Again.
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Simple. Make all drugs legal ( as they once were) and deal with anti-drug education. Stop glorifying drugs in films and music and have people discover their talents so that the lure of escaping with drugs is gone.