US Heroin Epidemic Takes Toll On Families

PLANTSVILLE, CT - MARCH 06: Family members embrace in a cemetery on March 6, 2016 in Plantsville, Connecticut to commemorate the first anniversary of the fatal heroin overdose of their loved one. The nationwide heroin epidemic has overwhelmed many small towns and suburban communities, with heroin overdose deaths quadrupling, according to the Centers of Disease Control. The victims' families, many of them facing stigma themselves, are increasingly going public to lobby for greater access to recovery programs and bring awareness of addiciton as a disease, not a moral failing. The CDC says that of first time heroin users, some 90 percent are white and 75 percent had used prescription pain killers before turning to heroin. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
PLANTSVILLE, CT - MARCH 06: Family members embrace in a cemetery on March 6, 2016 in Plantsville, Connecticut to commemorate the first anniversary of the fatal heroin overdose of their loved one. The nationwide heroin epidemic has overwhelmed many small towns and suburban communities, with heroin overdose deaths quadrupling, according to the Centers of Disease Control. The victims' families, many of them facing stigma themselves, are increasingly going public to lobby for greater access to recovery programs and bring awareness of addiciton as a disease, not a moral failing. The CDC says that of first time heroin users, some 90 percent are white and 75 percent had used prescription pain killers before turning to heroin. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
US Heroin Epidemic Takes Toll On Families
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