Researchers are exploring how community, connection and trust could help protect society’s most vulnerable

In 2016, Louise Vincent lost both her teenage daughter and her right leg. The leg had been injured in a car accident: after doctors failed to treat her pain effectively, she ultimately relapsed into opioid addiction and an infection festered.

Her daughter, Selena – who, like her mother, had diagnoses of both addiction and bipolar disorder – died at 19 of an opioid overdose inside rehab. Her mother had sent her away to try to protect her. But the program turned out to be so negligent that it had no overdose protocol or antidote on hand.

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