AKRON, Ohio — Last May, a low-level drug dealer named Bruce Griggs was released from an Ohio prison. He had served a short sentence stemming from a possession conviction so routine that his former defense attorney would later have trouble recalling it.

Just three months later, though, Griggs would travel 250 miles to Huntington, W.Va., where he would distribute opioids that, in a span of a few hours, triggered two dozen overdoses, overwhelming the city’s emergency response system and serving as a stark symbol of the nation’s opioid crisis.

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  • I was a Junkie for many years and I have many regrets Doing heroine for 15 years has caused alot of damage emotionally, mentally, physically. I know first hand that if your a friend or relative of a user there’s nothing u can do or say the addict has to make the choice to stop I struggled for many years and even after being sober for 3 years I still think about it. I know it’ll continue to be a struggle thru out my life but I have faith today. I’m still learning how to love myself and except the things I can’t change three years later. I wish there was something I could do or say to those out there still using. I barely made it out of that lifestyle alive. It was the scariest most difficult thing I ever did.

  • President Jackson directly infected Native Americans with smallpox and his portrait gets hung by Trump on the Oval Office wall.

  • This is nothing. The folks over at New England Compounding murdered 77 patients and sickened over 700 others and Barry Cadden was able to walk away from murder charges even though he acted with total disregard for patients lives. The FDA was warned and did nothing and many from NECC walked with plea deals while patients were MURDERED. White collar crime definitely pays. Drug dealers get charged convicted of 2nd degree murder but not a Barry Cadden. What a farce. Pay to play and grease the right skids. Too bad Chin is going to take it on the chin and he was low man on totem pole.

  • I think your newsletter has covered the opioid crisis with the expertise of a camel . There is always two sides to every story. Why don’t you actually do some REAL investigation and reporting about the other millions of Americans that use and follow laws perfectly because there quality of life depends on opioids. This wild card . Read the other guys news and then rereport is childish .. Any good news agency will always show both sides and how they are effected. I’m tired of this opioid bandwagon that you people help create. INVESTIGATE Facts then report . See the damage that your plagiarism is causing . Do it right or go home.

    Mark Elliott

  • O’Bama and Eric Holder told us to reduce prison for “non-violent” offenders as they were imprisoned unjustly…..seem like it would have saved a lot of lives if he received a mandatory minimum.

    • 2 lives. It would have saved 2 lives.

      And probably not… yeah, this guy would have been in prison. So some other hapless dealer would have sold those drugs which caused these overdoses.

      By the way, they haven’t even built a clear case against the guy for those bodies. Sounds like they can’t even prove whether all those other (26 non-fatal) overdoses were really even bought from this one guy’s supply. I mean, even if they could, there are 2 dead bodies. Who is going to pick Griggs out of a line-up in those cases? Dead men tell no tales — or has LE found a way around that problem in WV?

  • This was an excellent reporting article on Opiod use. I am a mental social work professional, and is at awe of this kind of widespread usage across the country. I thought this problem was only in NYC.. where I work. But never thought the Midwest States. Thanks for enlightening my understanding of this continued Drug addiction across the States nationally.

    I guess Poverty is everywhere, and people who are helpless & Hopeless do things that are not healthy or good for their well being. Sad Case!

    • Ms.Joan…i live in a small suburb in wisconsin..wausau.. and the heroin epidemic is so bad here as well as meth.. that our officers are losing lives in the line of duty.. please don’t be stop naive as to tree epidemic of drugs..especially heroin..i am not aheroin or meth user.. but I have lost many friends and family due to this.. this epidemic is everywhere and is unstoppable

  • You’ll only stop drugs when it has no value. Some one is making very large sums of money… can’t begin to guess WHO???
    What is most SICKENING is all this turmoil over poor poor addicts WHO MAKE A CHOICE TO DO DRUGS???
    Where is the TUMOIL over the CHILD ALLERGY TO BEE STINGS.. who can’t afford a epi pen???? $$$$
    Save the junkie… kill the kid.. sick damn world we live in!!!

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