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Stories sought about lives affected by opioid use disorder

Renatta Signorini
The website seeks stories from those whose lives have been affected by an opioid addiction.

A website started by a Penn State University professor is seeking stories from those whose lives have been affected by an opioid addiction. The story can be about a person’s own substance abuse or from another person’s perspective, such as a family member or friend.

The website,, is a result of a partnership between Penn State, the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Independence Blue Cross Foundation. It seeks to share stories as a way to spread hope to others battling an opioid use disorder and break down the stigma associated with addiction.

The project started in Philadelphia. Stories fall into three categories: recovery, support and in memoriam.

Stories can be submitted

Between 2007-16, 825 lives were claimed by drug overdoses in Westmoreland County. There has been a significant decrease in drug overdose deaths recently and officials think it may be the result of efforts to curb use and reverse overdoses, though the problem still exists.

In 2017, 193 people died from a drug overdose in Westmoreland County. In 2018, overdose killed 122 people in the county, according to coroner statistics.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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