Sharing Stories of Love, Grief and Hope from the Opioid Crisis

Almost everyone today knows someone affected by opioid-use disorder. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 130 people die in the United States every day as a result of overdosing on opioids — and that number doesn’t capture the many other ways that this disease kills those who suffer from it.

More often than not, losing a loved one in this way can be an isolating experience. People often feel uncomfortable acknowledging addiction. Obituaries rarely mention it as a cause of death. That’s one reason it’s so hard to calculate the human cost of the opioid epidemic — it’s largely invisible.

To change that, Burlington, Vt.-based newsweekly Seven Days has created “All Our Hearts,” an online memorial project. It documents the lives of those who are no longer with us and the people they touched.

A Selection of Stories