By Halle Stockton | PublicSource | April 23, 2015
One day about five years ago, Sharine Eliza was working as a medical assistant in Camden, N.J., when she was warned about the next patient.
He was difficult, and always exasperated with the doctor. He wouldn’t take his medications and he frequently ended up in the emergency room because of it. The 72-year-old man was receiving hospice care, but he continued to smoke cigarettes and drink a 12-pack of beer every day.
2014 was the year heroin became an epidemic. In Pennsylvania, emergency rooms, courtrooms and jails were filled with heroin addicts. Hundreds of community members showed up at town hall meetings and parents who lost children to overdoses started support groups. Pennsylvania joined dozens of states in approving the use of an antidote - naloxone - for overdoses.
Halle Stockton of PublicSource has received The Society of Professional Journalists’ national prize for feature reporting for ‘Love and Disability.’
The group recognizes ‘exceptional professional journalism’ produced in 2014 in print, radio, television and online categories.
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