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TRUE STORY: Abbey Zorzi, 22, North Huntingdon, PA, Heroin

I used to picture an addict as someone under a bridge with a needle in his arm. The end of addiction might look that way, but it sure doesn’t begin like that. I never pictured myself as a drug addict until I became one as a teenager. Read more.

551 Drug-related overdose deaths last year in Pittsburgh Allegheny, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties. Source: Pennsylvania Medical Examiners, Coroners, and DEA (2014—2015). Data as of January 6, 2016.

Drug overdose deaths surge among young women, Pitt study shows

(, Mar 10) Young white women are dying at a higher rate than other drug users amid a sustained statewide surge in overdoses, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. READ MORE

Anti-heroin effort hits home for Murrysville teen

(Tribune-Review (AP), Mar 8) Nicolas DeSarno of Murrysville has produced award-winning videos after experiencing his cousin’s battle with heroin addiction and death from an overdose. READ MORE