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Desperate and Neglected

In the U.S. state of Ohio, drug addiction is rampant. The country is inundated with cheap drugs. Police in the small town of East Liverpool are waging a desperate battle against dealers and illegal drug abuse.

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Jacob Talbott is on the front lines of the U.S.'s war on drugs. He's a police officer in his home town, East Liverpool, Ohio. Overdoses are part of daily life here. On his patrols, Officer Talbott might encounter former schoolmates who have become addicts. He says drugs have destroyed the community. East Liverpool is no exception. Entire regions are being inundated with opioids: heroin and synthetic or designer drugs like fentanyl. Millions of Americans, especially from the rural white middle classes, are struggling with addiction. Drug abuse claimed over 64,000 lives in 2016 alone - more than twenty drug-related deaths per 100,000 people. DW-Reporter Alexandra von Nahmen rode along with police officers in East Liverpool as they waged war on drugs.