This morning, KQED’s The California Report aired its investigation of young painkiller drug abusers who have turned to heroin. The problem seems to be hitting affluent California suburbs hardest. Today’s story is part of a multi-media collaboration between KQED and California Watch which includes this gripping video — stories of addiction and lives lost.

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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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