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ViewFinder Spring : Heroin Show

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 Spring 2017 ViewFinder team of photojournalists continued researching and reporting on the opioid epidemic in Anne Arundel County that was started in the fall.

We met cops who have a new mission and it isn't just to bust heads, we saw how drugs are being used in the fight against drugs, and we met families who are finding new ways to look forward. These stories give us a glimpse into the struggle this community faces on a daily basis.

ViewFinder is produced by the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. 

Testing The Poison 

Anne Arundel County Forensic Chemist shares insight on the opioid epidemic and how procedures have changed over the years.

A Step In The Right Direction

Junior has been battling with addiction for over 40 years. The addiction has taken his friends, family, and even his teeth away from him.

A Cheif's Promise

Instead of locking addicts up, the Anne Arundel County Police Department is taking a different approach.

Like Mother, Like Son 

The heroin epidemic has impacted families all over the United States in one way or another. Here is the story of a mother whose addiction changed her son's life drastically.

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