As a "pre-candidate" for the House of Delegates, I am committed to using the coming months not just to practice the "art of political campaigning," but to learn as much as I can about the circumstances and needs of families in our community.
I was privileged today to be in the audience at a League of Women Voters-sponsored screening of the Netflix documentary "Heroin(e)" - click here to watch the trailer. The film's screening was followed by a panel presentation with the three remarkable local women featured in the film, Cabell County Judge Patricia Keller, Barboursville's Necia Freeman of Brown Bag Ministry, and Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader,
These women, who represent our community so well, were quick to credit the many people who are working hard to make a difference in a city with an overdose rate 10 times the national average. In addition to remarking on the documentary itself, they shared some observations about the lives ravaged by (and occasionally rescued from) the opioid epidemic:
The relentless compassion shown by Judge Keller, Ms. Freeman and Captain Rader was inspiring. If enough of us commit to taking steps to be part of the solution, perhaps their example can fuel an epidemic of hope and recovery.
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