WASHINGTON, D.C.-(WTAP) Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said he hoped President Trump addresses the nation's opioid crisis in his State of the Union address.
Manchin was joined in a conference call by Huntington's Fire Chief, Jan Rader, who was his guest for the president's address to Congress.
He says while Trump has declared the drug crisis a national emergency, more needs to be done to step up federal funding to fight it.
"We're trying to keep people alive," Fire Chief Rader said, "until they get the help they so desperately need, and it's an everyday struggle."
"We need money for treatment; we need money for education, to stop children from ever starting," Sen. Manchin added. "Cleaning up the mess we have, but also getting people cleaned up and back into society."
Rader, one of the nation's few female fire chiefs, has been interviewed on national television about the overdose problems in her city.
She also was the subject of the documentary film "Heroin", which recently was nominated for an Academy Award.