Only 33 and a former teacher, Winchester Mayor Shon Byrum spends his day tackling a problem tearing away at every city in Indiana: opioid addiction. Promises a-plenty, but funding from the state or feds is virtually non-existent. Mayor Byrum spends his day trying to bring help from charity and county coffers in the form of rehabilitation services, detox facilities and patient care.
Local help isn’t wanting, but the higher you go, the thicker the bureaucracy and the tighter the wallets. “We have people here in rural Indiana who care so much about their fellow citizens,” he said. “They are giving of themselves to help. That’s what we need more of at the state and federal level.”