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Share your thoughts: An Ohio River town fought back after feeling abandoned as rehab centers replaced pill mills

Shawn Hanshaw embraced his girlfriend at their home in Portsmouth, Ohio. Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

While much of the country is divided over President Trump and his policies, some here credit him with calling attention to the opioid crisis. Still, many people in Portsmouth, Ohio, working on the issue would rather avoid talking about Trump or the 2020 election altogether, fearful the polarized climate could endanger bipartisan local and state efforts. And those at the heart of the matter — people working through addiction — say they are simply focused on the daily act of living and trying to stay clean.

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