The New York Times article Despair, Love and Loss: A Journey Inside West Virginia’s Opioid Crisis illustrates how addition takes toll on peoples lives. We read similar similar stories on almost daily basis. The other similar heartbreaking stories from the Times on Hooked in America series, How Do You Recover After Millions Have Watched You Overdose?.

Only a exceptional people like Keri Blakinger, criminal justice reporter for the Houston Chronicle could come out of it. Read more about Keri’s story From Convict To Criminal Justice Reporter: ‘I Was So Lucky To Come Out Of This’ and her Washington Post 2015 post Heroin addiction sent me to prison. White privilege got me out and to the Ivy League.