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Amanda Hensley with her daughter, Valencia. Hensley says several hospitals and clinics she contacted were reluctant to help her quit her opioid habit. "Nobody wants to touch a pregnant woman with an addiction issue." Sarah Jane Tribble/WCPN hide caption

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Pregnant And Addicted: The Tough Road To Family Health

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Nikko Adam, 22, gets a hug from his mother, Patti Trabosh, after his family picked him up from his sober living facility for a weekend outing. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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A Family Engulfed By Heroin Fights To Keep A Son Alive

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Paramedic Phil Salamone carries naloxone, a drug used to reverse an opioid overdose. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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A Small Town Wonders What To Do When Heroin Is 'Everywhere'

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An Addict, Now Clean, Discusses Needle Exchanges And 'Hope After Heroin'

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Dr. Jessie Gaeta, chief medical officer of Health Care for the Homeless at Boston Medical Center, stands in a conference room that will soon be converted to a place where patients high on heroin or other drugs can be safely monitored. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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Boston's Heroin Users Will Soon Get A Safer Place To Be High

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Shortage Of Addiction Counselors Further Strained By Opioid Epidemic

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A long vacant and blighted property was torn down in northwest Rutland this past year. The Rotary Club and other volunteers plan to erect a playground on the property as part of an effort to reclaim a neighborhood hard hit by drugs and crime. Nina Keck/VPR hide caption

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Tragedy Moves A Community To Combat Drug Addiction

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A pharmacist counts pain pills. In an effort to curb the abuse of Oxycontin, Vicodin and other opioid painkillers, some health plans in Massachusetts now limit a patient's initial prescription to a 15-day supply, and plan to halve that number in February. Gabe Souza/Getty Images hide caption

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Insurers Hire Social Workers To Tackle The Opioid Epidemic

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Anatomy Of Addiction: How Heroin And Opioids Hijack The Brain

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A "speedball" mix of heroin and cocaine has caused overdose deaths for decades. Today, high-risk blends may alternatively include heroin or opioid pain pills plus Klonopin, Clonidine, or Fentanyl. Marianne Williams Photography/Flickr RM/Getty Images hide caption

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Drug Cocktails Fuel Massachusetts' Overdose Crisis

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Gretchen Burns-Bergman (center) speaks Wednesday at a rally in front of the White House about ending mass incarceration of drug users. Angus Chen/NPR hide caption

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Listen: on the scene with Moms United by the White House

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