“Unidos en Salud ‘made the pain undeniable.’ And then got to work.”
The first casualty of America’s opioid epidemic beyond the users themselves? The American family. As mom and dad are nodding out and overdosing in record numbers, the kids are going into an under-funded foster care system struggling to handle the sheer volume of children who need food, shelter, clothing, and above all, stability.
Julia Lurie reports on a rising trend: death by opioid withdrawal in jail. Read about how addict shame and silence, jail short-staffing, scant medical equipment, and a general apathy toward inmates can make a deadly combination.