The New York Times has published a series of stories and statistics on the lives impacted by opioid use across the United States.
Addicts, family members, law enforcement officers, and treatment professionals from seven states contributed to the individual narratives in the piece. They come from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds and both urban and rural environments, each highlighting their own challenges in escaping opioid addiction. Depending on one's environment, treatment may be scarce or access to drugs too plentiful. Independent statistics on the number of opioid deaths and incidents are included for the country as a whole as well as several of the places where each participant was interviewed. The primary statistic used is the number of deaths due to opioid overdose, which have greatly increased in recent decades.