Bob Bloomberg’s story is the story of thousands of parents of dead children across the country who didn’t think heroin was targeting their children. He wants to alert anyone else who still doesn’t think it does. Read more →
MPR News Reflections and observations on the news
Although a high-ranking politician in the United States calls our justice system ‘a joke’, you couldn’t tell it by Minnesota’s approach to drug users. Drug courts work by treating addiction as an illness and steering away from jail users who are willing to put in the time in a more productive way. Read more →
There aren’t a lot of obituaries that end up on the editorial page, but Casey Schwartzmier, who died of a heroin overdose earlier this month, would have wanted it that way. Read more →
If two photos could capture the intensity of the heroin epidemic in America at the moment, these are the ones. Read more →
There are plenty of challenges when it comes to opioid abuse. One of the most difficult: the “it serves them right” mentality toward people who overdose on drugs.
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Not surprisingly, perhaps, the 60 Minutes Facebook page is hosting a spirited debate following last night’s broadcast in which the show revisited an Ohio community that has been devastated by the heroin epidemic. Its broadcast last year first raised the national alarm over the drug. Read more →
Toward the end of a three-month stay at a drug treatment facility, Zach Spieker wrote a letter to the opiates that bedeviled him, Fargo Forum reports.
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John and Darcy Nelson are at a loss to explain the heroin epidemic that’s consuming Fargo, N.D., the Fargo Forum reports. Read more →
Even as heroin use is becoming an increasing scourge in our area, ignoring the stories of the destruction in its path is far too easy. Here’s a mother’s story from Moorhead, Minn. Read more →