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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.
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Drug overdose deaths surge among young women, Pitt study shows

(TribLIVE.com, 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