A bottle of prescription painkillers. The opioid epidemic continues to swell, taking an average of 78 American lives each day, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Photo courtesy Paul Orr/Shutterstock.com.
Helen Lyons is a journalist in the Capital News Service data journalism bureau and the digital editor of the Takoma Voice. She has written for The Diamondback and Hyattsville Life and Times and is currently a freelance writer with the Takoma Park City Newsletter.