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As home visitors in Clarksburg, my team and I have front-row seats to America’s opioid crisis. Those seats are on the floor. In a town where the rate of opioid overdose deaths is 41 per 100,000 — more than three times the national rate — we learn not to sit on a client’s couch, because you never know what’s lurking in the cushions.

We are part of Parents as Teachers, a program that supports parents’ ability to nurture children’s early development, learning and health by meeting families quite literally where they are — in their homes — and providing them supports to help them be the best parents they can be. We are one of 18 home visiting models around the country that are evidence-based and, therefore, eligible for funding through the federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program.

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Megan Barker is a Clarksburg resident and a Parents as Teachers home visitor.

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