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SPECIAL REPORT: The tentacles of addiction in Bay County


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The opioid epidemic’s reach is pervasive throughout Bay County. But so is hope.

When opioids returned, they didn’t arrive quietly.

They roared back, fueled by both the pills doctors prescribed to numb pain and the cheap supply of heroin and related drugs on the streets. They hooked people, young and old, poor and wealthy.

It hurt the workforce. It created a rise of babies born addicted. It filled ambulances with overdose victims. It created new challenges for law enforcement and emergency medical personnel. It tore families apart.

But it also fueled a movement of help, in churches, doctor’s offices, jails and even courtrooms. People all over the county reached out with the message that it was possible to recover from the disease of addiction.

These are some of the stories of our community.

1. She knows the road to recovery

2. ‘Beyond our comprehension’

3. Road of addiction dead-ends with Dr. Radtke

4. Pain relief gone in a puff of smoke

5. Failed drug test culls workforce

6. Pages of apologies from jail

7. Addicted babies ‘inconsolable’ cries break nurse’s heart

8. The lungs give up and the heart follows

9. ‘Death rattle’ reversed by quick-thinking deputy

10. Everybody knows somebody

11. Balloons in the courtroom

12. Addiction, death and recovery, he’s seen it all

13. The hope of a sweet salvation

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