When she first moved to the Twin Ports, Jessica McCarthy said it was really easy to find drugs. All she had to do was one loop around town and in about a half an hour she had access to opioids.


Now the opioid technician with the Duluth Police Department, McCarthy is tasked with getting overdose victims immediate interventions.


This week on the podcast, we learn more about McCarthy’s job,  the opioid crisis in the Northland, and her own struggles with addiction.


The News Tribune will be taking an in-depth look at overdoses over the next several months to explore the pain of our community - families, friends and neighbors - and highlight the search for solutions. You can follow the series, Overdose: In plain view , here.


The Duluth Police Department has a non-emergency opioid hotline: 218-730-4009 .




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