Opiod use

Editor:

Opioids are one of the leading causes of deaths within overdosing and it continues to increase. The Midwestern region saw opioid overdoses increase 70 percent from July 2016 through September 2017. On average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. We need to help more Americans that are suffering from opioid addiction.

Although a bill has been recently passed with regulations on opioid prescriptions in Nebraska, there are still problems. Even though we might be cutting down the amount of opioids an individual can receive through their doctor, requiring proof of identity before patients can receive them and informing patients about the dangers of opioids if you misuse them, individuals are still overdosing and addictions haven’t gone down. We need to help the individuals that are addicted and get them help before an overdose occurs. More money needs to be put toward this than only $8 billion dollars in the last five years. This money came from a small grant program from the Federal government. These people need to receive more help and guidance.

Ashland and other cities in Nebraska need to get behind Senate Bill 2700. It’s called the “Cures Act.” This bill plans to do the following: Funding from the Cures Act, plans to put $4 billion per year to states, including $2 billion to states with the highest levels of overdoses. $2.7 billion per year to the hardest hit counties and cities, including $1.43 billion to counties and cities with the highest levels of overdoses. The money being spent for those in need is a big investment but it will pay itself back with successful and happier people.

We need to be reminded that opioid addiction is a real and deadly disease, and we don’t want more people to have to suffer from losing a loved one because of an opioid overdose. So, please go contact your U.S. Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse to encourage them to co-sponsor S. 2700 and help those in need.

Teagan Harris,

Ashland-Greenwood High School

Dangerous intersection

Editor:

The Highway 66 and Highway 6 intersection just east of the big bridge in Ashland is a very troublesome intersection. With close calls happening every day and accidents happening very often, this can be a very scary site.

I have seen several accidents happen in front of me because people are trying to rush through the intersection due to misjudging the speed of oncoming traffic while at the stop sign. Since so many people have to look multiple directions at the intersection it seems too much for some people to handle, which in turn causes bad decision making and poor choices. This could cause serious accidents and injury. With speed being a tough thing to judge, many people get into a hurry.

My solution to this is to put stop lights in that can control the flow of traffic in order to prevent accidents. This would take stress off of many drivers, knowing that it will be safer for them and many young kids on the road. Who doesn’t want safer roads? It will be a win for everybody.

This will also help with Nebraska football game weekends when the roads are busy and chaotic. They have to have multiple police officers/state troopers to manage the traffic. They stand there and control traffic by letting only certain lanes go at a single time. With them being in the middle of the road that can lead to dangerous situations for our law enforcement. This would lower the need of police officers to be stationed at that intersection and they could be used elsewhere.

Hopefully these reasons I’ve stated will help people support having a stop light.

Luke Sender,

Ashland-Greenwood High School

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