Finalist

Lessons From the Opioid Epidemic
Feature (Small Staff)

Entry Credit

  • Zoë Carpenter, The Nation

About the Entry

For the children of opioid addicts, public schools have become a place of refuge and support.

Comments from the Judges

“A nice dive into how public schools are often the refuge for children of opioid addicts. The reporter pulled together a lot of threads here, and the interviews are heartbreaking.”

“This story starts with excellent, sympathetic on-the-ground reporting. But Carpenter goes beyond that to provide some science (why does stress/trauma make it hard for kids to perform in school), look at policies — particularly slashed education and social service programs — that got us here, and put the story in a national context. Well researched, reported and written.”

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