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>> So the boys and I travel. We love to travel together.>> Alexis Pleus lives in a part of upstate New York that has been ravaged by the opioid epidemic. Her son Jeff died of a heroin overdose in 2014, and she's seen no adequate response to the crisis from elected officials.
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>> This has become campaign slogan time for them. There's very few who are not guilty of using it to get elected, but not putting their money where their mouth is.>> Reuters political correspondent Ginger Gibson recently spent time in the area talking with fed up voters who are weighing their options ahead of the November midterm elections.
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>> They tell us that Congress and the White House need to act. And while they've seen Congress and the Trump White House talk about the epidemic, and pass legislation that say they want to address the epidemic, there hasn't been a surge of funding behind that rhetoric.>> And I think we're gonna be very tough on the drug companies in that regard.
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>> Despite promises to tackle the issue, 60% of voters say Trump isn't doing enough to solve the opioid crisis, according to a survey last year by PBS Marist. It's even worse when voters are asked about the Republican-controlled Congress.>> Many people see that this could be an advantage to Democrats.
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They were talking about keeping the Affordable Care Act, a way that many people are able to get treatment, and there is a philosophical issue here. Democrats just fundamentally believe that government has a bigger role in helping in cases like this.>> Voters here are worried about the future for classes like this one that teach participants how to properly administer the opioid-reversing drug known as Narcan.
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The class is dependent on one year grants from the state, which are soon set to expire. Back in Washington, Republicans are trying to make progress. An increase in opioid-related funding was included in the last spending bill, and Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, recently introduced legislation to help educate women about the effects of opioid use on babies.
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But for some voters, these efforts are not nearly enough, and they may show politicians their pain this November at the ballot box.