Heroin addiction ‘isn’t a moral thing,’ grieving mom says

Submission Date: November 13th, 2015
Attributing Author: Tony Leys
Source: The Des Moines Register

Substance abuse is a brain disease. It’s not a moral thing.”

IOWA CITY, Ia. — The snapshots on the screen over Kim Brown’s shoulder illustrated the depths of Iowa’s struggle with heroin and painkilling pills.

National and state experts had spoken before her at a summit meeting Thursday about the crisis. They used charts to show the staggering increase in abuse of the drugs. They noted that in Iowa alone, the number of overdose deaths has quadrupled in 15 years.

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