We invited readers to share their stories with us. More than 500 people responded, many of them with deeply personal stories of struggle and loss. The responses came from across the country, from major cities to rural communities where lack of access to health care has exacerbated the epidemic. We heard from people still using opioids and people who had stopped, from parents, spouses, siblings and children. We also heard from chronic pain patients worried about lack of access to medication and from doctors, social workers and others who fight the opioid crisis every day.
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