Confronting Ohio’s rural opioid crisis: Jim Carroll


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Throughout Ohio and across the country, as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, another health crisis remains: drug addiction. In 2019, estimates are that more than 72,041 Americans died from a drug overdose. While many of these deaths happened in big cities like Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland, the addiction crisis continues to cripple small towns and rural areas throughout Ohio.

As President Donald Trump’s principal adviser on drug policy, in my travels, I have seen firsthand the impact of drug addiction on rural America and the resource gaps many rural communities face.