In America's drug death capital: How heroin is scarring the next generation
Updated 5:45 PM ET, Fri September 16, 2016
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Huntington, West Virginia (CNN)Sara Murray tends to two dozen babies in the neonatal therapeutic unit at Cabell Huntington Hospital. They shake. They vomit. Their inconsolable, high-pitched screams pierce the air. The symptoms can last for hours, days or months.
The first overdose
'All hell broke loose'
Nine overdoses within minutes
The mayor's nightmare
'God's star in heaven'
Police chief: Find the heroin
A mother needs her fix
'They can't unring the bell'
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CNN's Wayne Drash and Max Blau spent six days in Huntington, West Virginia, recreating the heroin overdose outbreak of August 15. This story is based on interviews with emergency workers who were on the job that day, including nurses, a doctor, paramedics, firefighters and police. The reporters also spoke with the city's mayor, health department officials, a family court judge, residents who've lost loved ones to addiction, as well as several current and reformed addicts. The documents they reviewed include police reports, county emergency services records and federal court filings.