Addressing the Opioid Crisis

Dayton tops the country in areas hit hardest by the opioid epidemic. It breaks my heart that our community is first in the nation in overdoses. We need to increase access to treatment and provide alternative medical options and education to prevent addiction by addressing the underlying pain and causes. We cannot jail our way out of the problem, which is why I support State Issue 1 on the ballot this fall.

Most of all, we need to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for the chemicals that go into prescription medication and for their role in perpetuating the unproven notion that certain opioids were not addictive. We’ve been here before with the tobacco industry.