Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Drugs Are Killing Communities and People We Love

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Drugs Are Killing Communities and People We Love

Article excerpt

I have written this letter a thousand times in my head. Always hoped I wouldn't have to send it. I write this from a war zone. As a war correspondent, you can report only what you see firsthand. The Post-Gazette won't report on this casualty ... After all, this is just one more death, a casualty of our war on drugs.

A young man whose family has been intertwined with ours for years died recently of an overdose - one more victim of the epidemic that is sweeping our country. There will be no quarter-column news story about his death. His passing will be remembered only in an obit.

Heroin is sweeping through our communities. It's a scourge upon the cities and suburbs and farmlands of America.

I've wondered for years: How does it get here and where does it come from? Amazingly enough, it's grown in Afghanistan, a country we have been at war in for 14 years. …

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