‘I’m Totally Destroyed’: Heroin Addiction, Deaths Overwhelm Communities, Health Workers
The Washington Post tells the story of the epidemic in Washington County, Pa., where 25 people overdosed over two days, and NPR reports on the epidemic from the town of Marion, Ohio.
The Washington Post:
The Heroin Epidemic’s Toll: One County, 70 Minutes, Eight Overdoses
“It’s absolutely insane. This is nuts,” said District Attorney Eugene A. Vittone, a former paramedic who is trying to hold back the tide of drugs washing across Washington County, a Rust Belt community 30 miles south of Pittsburgh. On any day, Vittone said, the county averages five to eight overdoses, almost all from heroin. More are recorded each day in towns just over the county line. (Bernstein, 8/23)
Ravages Of Heroin Addiction Haunt Friends, Families And Whole Towns
Heroin is cheap, abundant and accessible, and communities across the nation, from big cities to small rural towns, are struggling with the consequences. In Marion, Ohio — once a thriving steel town — the trouble arrived around 2007, when the police started seeing balloons of heroin during routine traffic stops. Since then, heroin has changed many lives in Marion. It took Chrystina Carey's. (8/23)