They didn't plan to be a family of 17. Then, the opioid crisis hit their community

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Jesus and Suzanne Valle at their StoryCorps interview in Blue Creek, Ohio, in 2017. Jacqueline Van Meter for StoryCorps

When opioid addiction began to ravage Suzanne and Jesus Valle's Ohio community more than two decades ago, the husband and wife saw another crisis unfolding.

In Blue Creek, Ohio, one of the hardest hit areas in the country's opioid epidemic, children whose parents had become addicted to pain pills, heroin and other opioids were becoming the invisible casualties of the crisis.

So, the Valles stepped in to help.

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