By about 3 p.m. Friday, a county morgue in east Ohio was already full — and more bodies were expected.
Rick Walters, an investigator for the Stark County coroner’s office, had just left for two death scenes: a suicide and an overdose.
From the road, he called the director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency to ask for help. He needed more space, he explained — specifically, a cold-storage trailer to act as an overflow morgue.
As with much of the United States, Ohio is in the throes of a heroin and opioid epidemic that shows no signs of abating.
Like it or not, liberalism is associated with the same D4 dopamine receptor gene as addiction. Whereas liberalism is addiction to the dopamine of free resources, these characters are addicted to triggering the same neurochemical pathway, just they are using drugs. If they were not using drugs, many would be predisposed to leftism.
Drugs are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, they are an r-ifying force in the short term, as they create populations with strengthened addiction pathways, and heightened senses of entitlement. On the other hand, over the long term, clearly they cull the r-genes from the population.
So again, as in so many other cases, it is difficult, if not impossible to measurably swing the pendulum of r/K one way without setting up a much bigger shift the other way later on.