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Synthetic opioids are the U.S.’s fastest-growing cause of overdose deaths. The synthetic that killed 18-year old Aisha Zughbieh-Collins in Portland, Oregon was new to local public health officials, and they didn’t know where she got it. Investigators discovered a chain of custody reaching into the dark web, where vendors sell drugs for bitcoin.
In downtown Portland, across Southwest 5th Avenue from City Hall, stands a tall glass and aluminum tower. Inside this building, the Pacwest Center, is a safe. This safe keeps many secrets, but this story is about the disputed contents of a single envelope. Inside the envelope were the last wishes of a holy man, instructions to be revealed after his death. Many of the holy man’s followers were successful entrepreneurs: One founded Kettle Chips, a Salem-based company whose owners sold it in 2006 for a reported $320 million; others co-founded Golden Temple foods in Eugene, a company famous for its Yogi Tea brand. More than a few of his followers were practicing lawyers. But the holy man trusted one lawyer in particular with the most sensitive matters of money, family and legacy.