Covering the opioid epidemic: Despair, bravery, helplessness, iron will and too much death


CINCINNATI – They were hiding.

Even when they were in recovery from addiction, they were afraid to tell their stories.

It was a struggle seven years ago, as more people started to die during the heroin and prescription-painkiller epidemic, to get anyone who'd been through it to talk about it. Often, their parents were hiding, too.

Then it became evident to many moms of addicted children that they had to speak out, bluntly. There seemed to be no other way to stop this massive public health crisis.