Having lived in Scioto County my whole life I couldn’t blame some of the users. I’ve never used any substance FYI. This city and this region are depressing places, with its bleak landscapes and the absolute feeling of hopelessness.
On the show the viewers were shown the Portsmouth area as being on economic decline since the fifties and the people that were featured make the rest of us look like single-toothed morons. I was born in this region and know others who were born and raised here and they are intelligent thinking people. They don’t have any substance addictions.
On the show some rehab facilities were featured and I must commend them for their work trying to help these people.
On the program they showed Governor Kasich; he shared his comments and his “plan” for the drug problem. I must ask this question: how can a man who has never lived in Scioto County know what is best for the county?
Ask anyone who has lived here for any length of time, especially folks who are native to Scioto County, they can tell you no matter how many times politicians promise to help the area, it has had little to no effect whatsoever.
The notion of the Appalachian people and especially the Scioto County area being pill popping hicks is simply untrue. In a small way I hope the local residents who did watch the show can have a “look in the mirror” moment and will work to restore the once admirable reputation the community had prior to the regional economic decline.