As the opioid multi-district litigation draws nearer, Americans not affected are few and far between.
The victims of the opioid epidemic are from Arizona to Maine, in all walks of life.
Costing the economy billions, and claiming more lives than the Vietnam war, the carnage left behind from the epidemic is unmatched.
Pictures of victims represent a snapshot of the country but claimed lives were more than just a body count.
They were college students, aspiring musicians, athletes, chefs, a race car driver, a high school student, an auto mechanic, a bank employee, and the son of a former US congressman.
Americans, and plaintiffs in the upcoming litigation hope that the case will shed light on the epidemic, give victim’s families hope, and help the nation heal in the process.
Photo: Jeffrey Stockbridge