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Monroe News editorial: Our View: Education essential in heroin epidemic

September 20, 2016
Opinion Editorial
On Monday, U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, held a forum at Bedford High School to discuss the ongoing problem of heroin addiction in Monroe County and the nation.

Joining him were experts from around the county to shed light on various aspects of the issue and what potentially can be done to combat it.

The panel, which was hosted for Bedford High School seniors, highlighted an important part of what can be done to help — simply raising awareness of the heroin epidemic to both combat the current problem and stem further abuse of the drug.

Currently, drug overdose is one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

Students at the forum had an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists, spotlighting an important facet in this crisis — the need for the public to be educated about heroin and prescription pill addiction and that correct information to be readily available.

If armed with such knowledge regarding heroin addiction, people might recognize sooner that they should seek treatment or help others with such issues. Raising awareness and acknowledging the seriousness of the issue is an important step in fixing it.

Education is key in understanding the problem the nation is facing. Students play an important role in this. It's a step in making sure that as many people as possible are knowledgable about heroin addiction.

By having a better understanding of the problem the county faces, people can better prepare for what comes next, including treatment and providing care for those who need it. Many local groups stand ready to help those seeking assistance.

As Congressman Walberg said at the panel, " We can't arrest our way out of it." Education allows everyone — recovery groups, hospitals and law enforcement — to better serve the public and move forward to a solution.

This editorial was originally published in the September 20 edition of the Monroe News.