A U.S. Senator, along with the U.S. drug czar, held a community conversation Thursday to talk about the ongoing opioid and methamphetamine epidemic.
Oklahoma Senator James Lankford is touring the state with James Carroll, the director of the National Drug Control Policy for the White House.
The pair spoke to people at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center in Poteau about solutions for drug issues across the nation.
“For many areas in our region, opioids are exceptionally difficult to be able to deal with, but methamphetamine are even harder,” Lankford said. “The meth problem has been the biggest issue for us in this region of the country, and there’s not a simple answer like there are for opioids, not that that ones simple. But opioids have an antidote basically when you overdose; methamphetamine does not — it absolutely destroys families.”
Lankford said the government alone can’t stop the drug epidemic, but it’s up to churches, families and individuals to get the message out about how to take care of each other to stop drugs from flowing into the community.