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Addiction counseling

Jack Barrett, a recovering heroin addict, attends group therapy at Groups in Middletown, Ohio. He credits this treatment center with saving his life.
(Photograph by Mary F. Calvert for Yahoo News)

In Middletown, addiction’s toll: Faces, places — and headstones

The opioid epidemic is a national crisis. But what does that mean? To answer that, Yahoo News traveled to Middletown, Ohio — a city once considered as ordinary as its name, more recently known for an explosion in opioid use — and explored quantitative research about drugs, health care, and national public opinion. This is a problem so serious that it requires big data; so human that it needs a face. Here is what we found as seen through the lens of photojournalist Mary F. Calvert with text by Emily de La Bruyere.

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