MOUNT VERNON — Nothing guarantees repeat business like addiction, and nothing guarantees addiction like the fruit of the poppy. Use of heroin and abuse of opioid painkillers from the same drug family are more prevalent than ever. As human costs multiply in the form of overdose deaths, violence, abuse, sex trafficking, property crime, lost productivity and broken relationships, drug cartels and street dealers profit.
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