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The Left Behind
The Left Behind

The Left Behind

Twenty years in, the opioid crisis has claimed more than 400,000 lives. For every person lost is a family left behind grappling with grief, shame, relief and regret.
(28 Jan 2019) As the crisis barrels into its third decade, opioids alone have claimed more than 400,000 lives in the United States. But many parents of victims are turning their grief into action and trying to prevent more loss.
Pleasure. Craving. Withdrawal. When opioids act on the brain, they trigger the same processes that give people feelings of pleasure from activities like eating, but they do it far more intensely.
Addiction sneaks up on pain patients in the worst opioid epidemic in U.S. history, and their shared battles for recovery are fraught with ironies, tragedies and sometimes shaky success. Meet three people vowing to beat the odds. (AP Video/David Goldman)
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