In June 2016, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, experienced one opioid overdose a day and a death a week. Just six months later, those numbers doubled. The Fall 2016 ViewFinder team of photojournalists traveled to Anne Arundel County to take an in-depth look at the opioid epidemic.
We spoke to parents, children and community members who have been affected by this issue. Dealing with feelings of strength and shame aren't easy—these stories give us a glimpse into the struggle these people face on a daily basis.
ViewFinder is produced by the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. This project was supported by the PALS initiative. smartgrowth.umd.edu/pals.html