Cincinnati - WCPO
News reports often cover the issue of heroin abuse from the perspective of police, coroners and politicians. Rarely do they include the addicts themselves. WCPO’s I-Team in Cincinnati embarked on an ambitious project spending three months chronicling the life of a heroin addict.
The mother of two actually died from an overdose, but was revived. The report covered her struggles with rehab and the depths she was willing to go to make money for her addiction. It also showed progress she was making toward recovery thanks to the work from professionals at local treatment facilities.
This story is part of the station’s ongoing commitment to covering the heroin crisis. A combination of online and broadcast stories exposed the problem in the community. It captured the impact of heroin on people living in the Tri-State, and the efforts to stop the epidemic from getting worse by making improvements.