Addicted in Suburbia

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Avon Lake

In this special from the BBC World Service's Assignment, India Rakusen investigates the heroin and opiate epidemic gripping the United States.

Avon Lake in Lorain County is a rich suburb west of Cleveland, OH. It’s a friendly neighborhood with neat front yards, white fences and expensive properties backing onto the shores of Lake Erie. But heroin is killing people almost daily – 2016 is on course to see three times as many opiate overdoses as 2015. And it isn’t only heroin, trafficked by Mexican cartels, that’s killing people – now youngsters are gambling with a deadly combination of heroin cut with the super-strong opiate, Fentanyl – the drug that killed singer-songwriter Prince.

Rakusen spends time with the people of Avon Lake where an epidemic is spinning out of control.


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