Commentary: It Could be Anyone's Son

Drug-related deaths have soared six-fold in New England since the early 1990s. In some states, more people in the region die from overdose than car accidents. Massachusetts is seeing a rise in the abuse of prescription medicines and methamphetamine, but heroin and cocaine continue to be the most widely used illicit drugs in the state. Drugs becoming cheaper, easier to get, and more deadly, facts that recently hit home for Jim Bildner and his family in Manchester.

Jim Bildner lives with his family in Manchester, Massachusetts. He is a member of WBUR's Executive Council.

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This program aired on January 20, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.


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