Listen to the hour long special feature aired on February 2nd, 2017. It can be downloaded to listen to later.

KUNM’s Ed Williams has been investigating the impacts of heroin addiction on children and families in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. The area has had one of the country’s highest overdose rates for decades. Ed’s reporting follows the lives of families and health leaders in the community, painting a comprehensive picture of the opioid epidemic from the perspective of the people who have been living through it for generations.

This series, Enduring Addiction, was produced as a project for the Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism and the National Health Journalism Fellowship, programs of the Center for Health Journalism at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

KUNM’s Public Health New Mexico project is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the McCune Charitable Foundation. Find out more at