Over the past several years, Ohio has been heavily struck by the opioid epidemic that has devastated the nation, stealing loved ones from families and tearing apart communities. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Ohio ranked second in highest rate of drug overdose deaths involving opioids in the United States in 2017. Since 2017, numerous agencies throughout Ohio have worked tirelessly to combat this disastrous epidemic, and have had success in their work. Ohio’s opiate overdoses declined 22% from the national average in 2018, and the future for stopping this opiate epidemic is looking bright thanks to individuals who dedicate their lives to ending this epidemic.
For Staff Sgt. Carolyn Kinzel, C-130 Loadmaster with the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio, and Ohio Air National Guard Counterdrug Task Force criminal analyst with the Cleveland Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), her efforts directly contribute to ending the opioid epidemic in Ohio.