I have always lived in rural America, even when working in a city. I prefer rural areas because of their friendly folks with core values and the landscape—open fields, woods, and livestock, mainly beef cattle!
Since April 2016, I’ve had a part-time job commanding the Brown County, Ohio, drug and major crimes taskforce, which needed to be reenergized and expanded. I live just 15 minutes away and was eager to assist. For the past 2 years, Brown County (population: 45,000) has led Ohio in unintentional overdose deaths per capita. With Ohio appearing to lead the country in the number of these deaths, Brown County is a top contending overall leader in this tragedy. At first, I found this almost unbelievable, but then I began to receive almost daily texts regarding overdoses and related deaths in the county. Life squads and emergency medical technicians seem to be constantly busy trying to save individuals with naloxone, whether it be 1 dose or multiple doses. [Read more…]