MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Following Monday night’s opioid forum at University High School, First District Congressional candidate Ralph Baxter called the opioid epidemic the defining public health crisis of his lifetime.
“We’re not putting nearly enough resources to the opioid crisis,” he said Tuesday on Morgantown AM. “The challenge of this dwarfs the resources we’re putting to it. That’s why the opioids are winning, and everybody in West Virginia is losing.”
Baxter said public officials need to treat the opioid crisis the same way they’d treat a traditional war.
“Right now, with opioids, we have the crisis of a lifetime,” he said. “And we’ve got to treat this in that way. We wouldn’t worry about a budget crisis if we were at war. We wouldn’t worry about a budget crisis if we had other kinds of challenges in front of us. And we have this: the number of people who die every day in West Virginia is shocking.”
It’s estimated 64,000 people died in October across the United States as a result of drug overdoses — many of which were connected