First, Do Less Harm: Fighting the Opioid Epidemic in Harlem

For the New York Times Journalism Institute.

In the summer of 1996, Will Robertson was in the Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta when  he noticed a woman whose walk was familiar to him. He grabbed her by the shoulder and yelled, “Why’d the hell you lie to me? Why’d you make me think that you were dead?” The woman, unaware that her stride had reminded Mr. Robertson of his wife, who had recently died, and also unaware that he was high on crack cocaine, gave him a hug in return.

This was how Mr. Robertson’s journey to Harlem United began, he said.

Read the full article on the New York Times Student Journalism Institute website.

 

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