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A Glimpse Into the Human Toll of Opioid Addiction

Melissa, Katrina, Cory, Trish, and Matt attend a screening at Georgetown during Opioid Awareness Week 2016. (Courtesy of the FBI)
Melissa, Katrina, Cory, Trish, and Matt attend a screening at Georgetown during Opioid Awareness Week 2016. (Courtesy of the FBI)

Nobody sets out thinking they’re going to be a needle user. Maybe you’re in pain or had a bad day and a friend hands you...




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