His mother missed his birthday and high school graduation-- a teenager talks about the impacts of opioid abuse

Published: Jun. 28, 2017 at 5:40 PM AKDT
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A Wasilla teenager describes what his life is like after his mother became addicted to opioids--both heroin and prescription drugs. He says so far she's missed both his graduation and his birthday.

According to the state, heroin use has increased in Alaska and the United States, even among those in demographic groups with historically low rates of heroin. As a result, heroin-related overdose deaths have nearly quadrupled between 2002 and 2013 in the United States.