"What really matters is keeping some other person, especially a child, from trying this," said the teen's mother, Dorothy Shuemake.
As the U.S. heroin epidemic grows, so does the wait list for federally-funded rehab.
Naloxone, heralded for its power to reverse overdoses, allows victims to live another day. But its popularity has shed new light on gaps in treatment.
DEA figures show a four-fold increase in heroin seizures along the southwest border since 2008, with 4,653 pounds being confiscated last year.
After two heroin overdoses and five relapses, Dan Gordenstein says he's ready to show his mother he is sorry by "getting better."
Eric Holder said law enforcement personnel who expect to come in contact with drug abusers should be equipped with Naxolone.
A family of eight outside Boston is struggling with their second-oldest son’s heroin addiction.
Two mothers trying to stay clean are coping with the consequences of drug addiction and its impact on their children.
A mother from Missouri describes how her life has changed since her two sons became addicted to heroin.
In the 1960s, the wide acceptance of marijuana paved the way for a heroin problem in America and the War on Drugs. Today, with two states legalizing marijuana, could this happen again?
A mom and former teacher shares her harrowing story of heroin addiction and redemption in NBC’s series, “Hooked: America’s Heroin Epidemic.” NBC's Kate Snow reports.
For years, Michelle lived a double life in picturesque Putnam County, N.Y. A teacher and mother, she was also a heroin addict willing to risk everything.
Heroin users have nearly doubled in the last five years and emergency visits keep climbing.
The FDA has okayed an opiate-overdose antidote for home use. Here’s how it works on the brain to save lives. This report has been updated to correct some reporting and editing errors.
During a five-year period, heroin abuse has nearly doubled in America.
Heroin use in the U.S. is an "urgent public health crisis," officials say. If you know anyone suffering from substance abuse, find resources here.
Vermont residents tell NBC News about their struggle with heroin abuse and the toll it has taken on their personal lives.
Attorney General Holder called heroin an "urgent public health crisis" touching every state, walk of life and "all too often, with deadly results."
Most addicts aren't in treatment, and most who are quit or relapse. An addiction expert whose son died of an overdose plans to fix the system.
One person dies every 36 minutes from an opioid overdose from painkillers.