"Drugs are killing so many people in Ohio that cold-storage trailers are being used as morgues"
Drug trafficking in the United States has been an issue for a long time. Recently, drugs have been becoming more potent as cartel and US-based manufactures push higher grade drugs into communities. As a result, fatalities from drug overdoses have become increasingly more common. The community in Stark County Ohio has seen an increase of drug overdose fatalities of 20% just from the last year alone. This increase has devastating implications. The article describes trauma 4 year old and 8 year old children have to face because the death of parents and close relatives because of these horrible overdoses. These are not just freak occurrences either - 26 people were killed by one specific strain of heroin alone with potency similar to that of elephant tranquilizer. The solution the community has is a bit morbid but necessary: have "mobile morgues," aka converted trailers, to deal with the increases in corpses. Overall, the US drug problem's horrible effects, including effects on family life, are incredibly apparent in this Ohio community.
This relates to the United States', and specifically President Ronald Regan's, "War on Drugs." The war on drugs is a highly debated topic that is regarded by some to be a failure, and this article shows how drugs have not been eradicated from society.
This also relates to recent legalization bills passed by select states on marijuana. Marijuana is considered federally as a Class 1 illegal substance. This is relevant to the article because it brings into question whether legislation should be change in favor of drugs or to crack down on their presence.
How should this Ohio community manage the death caused by drugs?
How can the US as a whole reduce deaths from overdose?
Put yourself in the place of a child effected by a family overdose - How would you feel? How might this change your outlook on drugs in the future?
Why don't we hear about large numbers of overdoses here in San Mateo County when compared to other states/regions?