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Overdose deaths are so very sad [Editorial]

Overdose deaths are so very sad [Editorial]

No matter how hard we try, the addiction problem gets more tragic.

The "we" referenced above is all of us – the police, the county government, the state government, health officials, school personnel, family, friends, neighbors and, especially, the parents. From tougher enforcement to tougher love, to teaching and preaching, to pleading and begging, nothing seems to work. And, health officials say, there are real physiological reasons – biological, chemical, whatever – of why young people who use alcohol or drugs get on the road to addiction and can't get off.

And we use the generic addiction, rather than heroin addiction, because of more recent...