This is a devastating story—and one of the most beautifully done pieces of interactive journalism I've seen in a long time.
note what happens when you interview a whole group of people (say, from one school) rather than searching for those who tell a specific story what you learn is that this overwhelmingly starts with recreational, not medical use.
Not just heartbreaking but also an alarm for every parent who doesn’t already know: Teach children and grandchildren that pills from other than their parents are killers. Repeatedly. Like “don’t talk to strangers” and “never get in a stranger’s car.”
The Minford High School Class of 2000 was among the first to witness the rise of the opioid crisis in their Ohio community. I interviewed nearly 50 classmates to understand how the epidemic has impacted their lives since they graduated.
Nearly 50 members of Minford High School's Class of 2000 shared with how opioids have impacted their lives, families and community. Their stories shed new light on the epidemic's rise and spread over a generation.
Crack hit our parents and as children, no one came to save us the 1994 Crime Bill criminalized the children #ADOS - The Class of 2000 ‘Could Have Been Anything.’ Until Opioids Hit.
"Every single one of our friends got addicted." This is grimly amazing and powerfully presented. "The Class of 2000 ‘Could Have Been Anything.’ Until Opioids Hit."
The opioid epidemic is personal to Minford's Class of 2000: 3 classmates died from drug use, at least 15 have struggled with addiction and nearly 75% of those we interviewed have family members who are addicted or in recovery.
Sobering report by "Opioids have spared relatively no one in Scioto County; everyone appears to know someone whose life has been affected by addiction." The Class of 2000 ‘Could Have Been Anything.’ Until Opioids Hit.
“I go to recovery meetings every Wed. I tell them stories about my addiction & how I had the will to get clean. But I feel guilt in different ways, for sharing & offering to people who have gone way too far with it. To this day I ask God for forgiveness.”
This story by has been on my mind since reading part of it on air this AM. It really is a “must read” for parents, teachers, grandparents, extended families
This story is devastating and could have been written about a thousand small-towns
The class of 2000 entered high school at the same time that opioids in many communities did. A devastating illustration of what then happened in one Ohio town
As a historian of education, I do a lot of work on high school yearbooks as a particular kind of archive. While this feature has a different project in mind, I'm still incredibly moved
Thank you for highlighting this article in your morning talk show - it's an important look into the devastating harm opioids have inflicted on youth across America.
Heartbreaking story: You can help the addicted with no where to go through , which serves everyone:
This piece on how the opioid crisis affected just one high school graduating class is stunning. A micro picture that speaks to a much larger horror.
This is such an incredibly well produced story. This may become a Lost Generation in the Midwest
Opioid addiction and the damage it causes are everywhere. But with a sharp focus on one high school class in one Ohio town, this story makes it heartbreaking in a way the statistics alone can't.
Another reminder of our collective massive failure. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, distributors, insurers, drug reps, manufacturers in these communities all must have known kids were becoming addicted.
This is unreal. Read this; it's very, very important. FWIW, I complain a lot about the biases of The New York Times, but stories like these justify my subscription.
Beautiful reporting that "reflects the devastating toll of of the opioid crisis"
OxyContin was introduced in 1996, when the Class of 2000 entered high school. Read this look at opioid epidemic through the lens of a small Ohio town's high school yearbook
This interactive feature telling the story of opioid addiction among the class of 2000 in rural Minford, Ohio is heart wrenching. The interactive, personal stores are vivid and powerful. A great model for storytelling on issues that matter.
Few outlets are as good as visualized storytelling as the
The Class of 2000 ‘Could Have Been Anything,’ Until Opioids Hit
this is such a smart and devastating angle into the opioid crisis
A terrifying look at how opioids left their mark on large swaths of a Class of 2000 in rural Ohio.
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The Class of 2000 ‘Could Have Been Anything.’ Until Opioids Hit.
The Class of 2000 ‘Could Have Been Anything.’ Until Opioids Hit. “He has seen 15% of his classmates on probation, and more than 20% at the jail”
The Class of 2000 ‘Could Have Been Anything.’ Until Opioids Hit. - Each one of these stories is a story of addiction and of the pain and suffering caused by OxyContin and the #opioidepidemic We need an evidence-based approach to addiction in the US.
Holy crap. This story.
How have we allowed ourselves to get to this shameful state of affairs in America?