Valley deserves fair share of new anti-opiate funding

Youngstown Vindicator

Although it may sound counterintuitive, absolute fairness does not always perfectly align with absolute equality.

This nation’s destructive opiate epidemic stands as a primary case in point. The plague, which now has risen to become the most deadly drug crisis in American history, has not spread its path of destruction evenly throughout communities and states across the nation.

The crisis looms much larger in Ohio, for example, than in Nebraska. In 2016, for example, the Buckeye State recorded 4,329 deaths from accidental drug overdoses. The Cornhusker State recorded 120 deaths, 20 fewer than the 140 recorded in Trumbull County, Ohio, which has only 10 percent of the population of Nebraska.

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