My story isn’t unique. The opiate epidemic has hit southern West Virginia hard as many of us know too well. Boone County saw rates of opioid deaths 5 times the United States average rate in 2021. That isn’t just lost lives, the loss of our people tears at the fabric of our community. What policy makers continue to do clearly isn’t working. We have to do better!
Believe it or not my part of West Virginia was blue until recently. When the unions were strong and the safety net took care of folks during the lean times my neighbors reliably turned out for democrats.
Today we have been deprived of essential services. There aren’t many job opportunities in the district. For many, transportation is a challenge. Getting to places like grocery stores or doctors offices for the basics is an obstacle.