CINCINNATI — We often hear stories of drug addiction after it has ruined lives or ended them.
But how does that destructive cycle begin?
For many in the grip of the region’s heroin epidemic, it started with prescription pills. For others, curiosity led to the first try. The drug is so powerful that despite their different reasons for trying the drug once, experts said it almost always leads to the same addictive result.
In Focus is a continuing series focusing on a news topic or a community issue. In an effort to put that topic into focus, we ask a group of people to share something personal about themselves in reference to the issue. That revelation is shared on a piece of cardboard in the form of one sentence and in turn tells their story—taking away society’s label for them, bringing the person and their voice into focus.