Opioid abuse and addiction is a frightening reality within our district. Such abuse often tears apart families and friendships, and it does not discriminate – people from all walks of life suffer from the effects of opioid abuse. Our “War on Drugs” has largely failed. We must change our approach, providing law enforcement with safer approaches to non-violent situations. We also need to expand access to treatment and rehabilitation. Those in recovery must be able to transition back into society stronger and more self-sufficient. Recovery from opioid abuse will not only provide economic benefits to our community, it will also strengthen families and help rekindle relationships with loved ones.