Finding Hope: A Young Woman’s Journey Back From Heroin Addiction


By Michael Koenigs and Michael Huberman

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Hope Steele wasn’t sure she would live to see her 21st birthday.

Last year, Steele overdosed on heroin three times, she said, and in her home state of West Virginia, she was far from alone. West Virginia has the highest drug overdose death rate in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An estimated 91 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses, and more than half a million people died of a drug overdose from 2000 to 2015, according to the CDC.

As she blew out the candles on her cake Dec. 7, Steele, who began using heroin in 2015, reflected on how many of her friends did not reach that milestone.

“Out of the group of my friends, I’m pretty much the only one left to…click here to continue reading