addiction crisis

Ashton Marra, courtesy WVPB

The Ohio Valley’s numbers on the opioid crisis are grim, especially so in West Virginia, which has the nation’s highest rate of overdose deaths.

Courtesy White House video.

Now that the president has officially declared the opioid crisis a health emergency, many people are wondering how that will help in the nation’s hardest hit region: the Ohio Valley. Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia collectively have an overdose death rate that is twice the national average. Aaron Payne of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports on some potentially helpful parts of the President’s plan and one big thing that’s missing. 

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