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Heroin in the Heartland on Morning Edition

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | May 15, 2015 11:58 AM

Morning Edition airs a series examining Heroin in the Heartland beginning Tuesday May 19.The series is anchored by a discussion between Renee Montagne and Sam Quinones, author of Dream Land: True Tales of America's Opiate Epidemic. The up-close examination includes an interview with a recovering addict in a small Ohio town, a look at how heroin has affected a Native American reservation, and a report on how one death has altered life in a small Nebraska farm town. In the series:

Sell it Like Pizza: Mexico's Xalisco Boys Spread Heroin Across Rural America - Tuesday May 19  - In his new book, Sam Quinones chronicles the rise of The Xalisco Boys, a small Mexican gang that seeded a booming market in the U.S. with quick, cheap deliveries of heroin. Host Renee Montagne talks with Quinones about how The Xalisco Boys redefined heroin sales at a time when Americans were looking for alternatives to expensive, hard-to-get prescription painkillers.

One Addict's Road to Recovery  Tuesday May 19 - Host Renee Montagne talks with Jeff Wilder of Portsmouth, Ohio, whose story of addiction and recovery in a small town is featured in Sam Quinones' book Dream Land.

Heroin on the Reservation Wednesday May 20 - For decades, many Native Americans have struggled with substance abuse. Alcohol has historically been the drug of choice, but more recently tribal police have been overwhelmed by heroin overdoses. Just over the Arizona-Mexico border, cartels are making black tar heroin cheap and available. Hear from a former FBI special agent and director of Indian Affairs Office of Law., a healer preparing a sweat lodge before a purification ceremony, and a former addict who finally got sober after jail and traditional ways of recovery. Laurel Morales of KJZZ/Fronteras reports.

Problem With Overdose Stats Thursday May 21 - Opiate abuse has reached crisis levels, but some states aren't doing all they can to determine the depth of the problem. Finding up-to-date statistics for specific drugs is often difficult, and few states have adopted uniform standards for determining a cause of death when a drug overdose occurs. Without timely, accurate statistics, some are frustrated that the problem isn't getting addressed with as much urgency as they say it demands. WITF's Ben Allen reports.

The Meaning of Gordo's Death  Friday May 22 - Rosa Sanchez can't forget the early September morning when a stranger began pounding on her door and yelled that her son Gordo was slumped-over dead in a car. The coroner called it an overdose. The family believes someone must be held accountable for Gordo's death. In this quiet corner of Nebraska, authorities now have a watchful eye on heroin -- something that before was a big-city problem, something well beyond Madison's cornfields and cattle pastures. Bobby Calvan of the Heartland Project reports.

Hear Morning Edition every weekday morning 5:00am until 9:00am on WITF 89.5 & 93.3. Visit WITF's Real Life l Real Issues for more coverage on this topic and the larger issue of drug use among our youth. 

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