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Addiction is one of the most prevalent issues in today’s society. In the first six months of 2020 there were 449 opioid-related deaths in Alberta, meaning that on average, 2.5 people died each day from unintentional opioid overdoses. 

With the additional challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the rise in opioid overdoses, and the perpetuation of stigmas, having an addiction can be an isolating and often life-threatening disease. Calgary Journal reporters took a look at those who are affected by this disease, their experiences in recovery and the world of addiction in Alberta.

Check out their project, the Anatomy of Addiction, here