Liz O. Baylen
Los Angeles Times
In a parking lot outside the coroner's office, Susan and Ray Klimusko see their son Austin’s body for the first time since his overdose death. Leaning into the back of a van that will transport him to a funeral home, they weep. His opiate addiction began with prescription drugs, but ultimately progressed to heroin. Authorities attribute a rash of fatal heroin overdoses in their area to an upswing in heroin usage by people who have transitioned from abusing prescription drugs.