A mother tells the painful story of her son’s short life. He was a happy young man with unlimited potential who made a few questionable decisions that led him down a dark pathway. She wants him to be remembered as a brave person who loved deeply and now she feels called to help other parents dealing with loss.
A detective shares his take on the increase in drug use in what used to be a great place to grow up. The community was safe and everybody knew everybody. Now most of the arrests they make are drug related and most are people coming from other places to get drugs in the city.
A retired teacher tells how the small town became a drug hub in the 1980s. Some of the adults don’t want to accept that things have changed because they would have to admit that there’s something wrong with their kids. They’d rather pretend that everything is fine and hide their problems.
There’s got to be more that can be done. Arresting the addicts and putting them in jail doesn’t really make a difference. It’s painful to watch how every year the city sinks deeper into despair.
Overdose is now the leading cause of death in the United States for people under 50 and the victims don’t fit the drug addict stereotype.