Trump Administration Action Record on Opioid Crisis Mixed

Jan 19, 2018

Credit West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, President Donald Trump has helped put the national spotlight on the Ohio Valley’s opioid crisis. But his record of action on the issue is mixed. As part of the series, One Year, Under Trump, Ohio Valley ReSource reporter Aaron Payne reports that public health officials in the region say they need more funding to back up the president’s promises.

Also on today's show:

  • A new survey of West Virginia voters was released this week. As Molly Born reports, the poll revealed some striking views about the opioid epidemic.
  • We hear from Mark Strickland, who works at the Fire Department in Charleston, West Virginia. On the front lines, he sees first-hand, day-after-day, people battling addiction, overdosing, and dying from drugs. Strickland told Anna Sale on an episode of Death, Sex, and Money, the most difficult calls, involve children.
  • Southern folk musician John Paul White performs this Mountain Stage song of the week – an atmospheric lament called "Once and Future Queen."