Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera appeared on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” to discuss his first-hand look at the opioid catastrophe that has been ravaging America’s heartland.
“I went there to Dayton, Ohio, specifically because Dayton was the capital of the opioid overdose epidemic,” Rivera knowledgeable MacCallum.
“This little city of 140,000 was experiencing 10, 11, 12 overdose deaths a day. I mean it was horrifying.”
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The opioid inflicting the most points is fentanyl. The whole catastrophe has gotten so unhealthy that a report from the National Safety Council states that Americans normally are inclined to die of a drug overdose than they’re to die from a automotive crash.
Data, collected in 2017, reveals Americans have a 1 in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose. The probability of dying in a motor vehicle crash is 1 in 103. Of that amount, opioid ache relievers are the most fatally abused treatment. Roughly 60 people die on each day foundation as a outcomes of opioid overdoses.
“We cannot let fentanyl into our country,” President Trump talked about currently as he spoke about the opioid’s devastating outcomes.
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In Ohio, Rivera heard heartbreaking tales from on a common foundation Americans about how they struggled with opioids.
“I broke my back, started taking pain pills and then I got worse,” a 22-year-old woman from Montgomery County outlined. “From there, I went to heroin and fentanyl.”
The youthful woman’s life continued to spiral as she fell further into the grips of dependancy, sooner than in the finish reaching the degree she began committing crimes to assist her habits.
“Did you ever steal from your family?” Rivera requested, to which the woman replied: “yeah.”
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“Do they understand? Are they sympathetic?” Geraldo requested.
“No, I stole their happiness from them, too,” the youthful woman responded.
On frequent, 130 Americans die on each day foundation due to opiods.
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Rivera lauded Rob Streck, Montgomery County’s sheriff, for his work combating the epidemic. Streck has helped lead a sequence of packages aimed at combating the dependancy, along with working to stop medical medical doctors from feeding into the epidemic. But he talked about the precise points come prolonged after.
“The problem is when you cut someone off who is now addicted to a prescription opioid, what are you supposed to do?” Rivera knowledgeable MacCallum.