'We Need To Get A Grip On What's Coming In Through Our Borders'
Ron Naab
Allenton, WI

Ron Naab of Allenton contends everyone has some connection to America's growing drug problem. His link is more personal than most.

"We have a son that's an addict," Naab said. "He's in recovery. But it's a problem."

Naab, 70, believes his son started using drugs when he was 16. He's now in his 30s.

"We need to get a grip on what's coming in through our borders. In my opinion, it's going to be one of the causes if our country fails. We spend a lot of money as a society on drugs," said Ron Naab of Allenton.

Naab supports more funding to get addicts the help they need to stop using. That includes a pilot program that connects trained drug counselors, or "coaches," with overdose patients at hospital emergency rooms.

"Maybe it was a bad decision to do a drug," Naab said, "But, especially heroin, once it gets into the brain, it's next to impossible to stop the opioid from connecting and screwing up our common sense thinking."

Naab is a member of a Washington County heroin task force. He said there was a time when people in his community weren't talking about drugs. They are now.

But Naab, who voted for President Donald Trump, believes the drug problem goes beyond treatment. He doesn't hesitate when asked about the biggest issue in the upcoming election.

"Border safety," Naab said. "We need to get a grip on what's coming in through our borders. In my opinion, it's going to be one of the causes if our country fails. We spend a lot of money as a society on drugs."

 

 

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