Two women sit on a stoop on East McMicken Avenue in Over-the-Rhine, smoking crack cocaine, on Thursday, July 11, 2019. One says she plans to inject heroin later. She's been using the drug for 20 years. info

the cincinnati epidemic


Heroin has plagued Cincinnati for a long time, and this summer was no exception. Overdoses kept a consistent grip in several neighborhoods, and certain areas in and around Cincinnati were hit harder than others. This photo essay examines the communities and people in Cincinnati whose lives have been permanently altered by this epidemic.


Photo essay for The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Last weekend, the Cincinnati area had 24 overdose calls and seven hospitalizations in 24 hours. info
Kristie Combs strokes her daughter's hair as she sits on the porch of a home in Norwood on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Combs is a resident of Bellevue, Kentucky, but she babysits in Norwood, a neighborhood consistently hit with overdoses this summer. She sa info
A woman who wishes to remain anonymous pours crack from a small pipe onto her hand on East McMicken Street in Over The Rhine before she smokes it. She says she used heroin a couple years ago, but no longer uses. Instead, she smokes crack. info
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A mural depicts an angel on East McMicken Avenue in Over-the-Rhine on Thursday, July 11, 2019. info
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