Post heroin report named one of 2016’s best works of journalism in U.S.


The Palm Beach Post’s special report, Heroin: Killer of a Generation, has been named one of the top 15 works of journalism from across the country by the profession’s top trade magazine, Columbia Journalism Review.

The magazine praised The Post for doing the “heavy lift” of covering the growing opioid epidemic in profiling each of the 216 people who died in Palm Beach County of heroin-related overdoses in 2015.

“The project succeeds in forcing readers to grapple with how overdose deaths comprise not just a shocking statistic, but a collection of unique human stories,” the magazine stated.

Among those who died were a hero of Hurricane Sandy, a former assistant state attorney, a veteran who survived Iraq but couldn’t beat heroin as well as a yo-yo prodigy. The Post sought to dispel the stigma surrounding opioid addiction for both the addicts and their families.

The newspaper not only showed the faces of those lost to the epidemic but also told the stories about the lives of each and every person who died.

CJR earlier this month wrote a full article on the project, which was put together by a team of investigative reporters and editors, photographers, a researcher and graphics and design experts at The Post.

In the wake of the publication of the special report and The Post’s exclusive coverage of the addiction treatment industry, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has asked the U.S. comptroller general to review a Palm Beach County grand jury report on sober homes to glean ideas for federal and state oversight of the addiction treatment industry.

“It’s shocking to realize that in 2015, more people died in Palm Beach County from opioids than in car accidents. Seeing the faces of these 216 victims drives home the incredible toll this epidemic is having in our state, and makes it clear the disease of drug addiction can visit any family at any time,” Rubio said in reference to the Nov. 20 Palm Beach Post front page, which was devoted solely to photos of the 216 people who died in Palm Beach County in 2015 from heroin-related overdoses.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

BREAKING: Four people bitten by dog near Palm Beach Gardens
BREAKING: Four people bitten by dog near Palm Beach Gardens

One man was sent to the hospital after he and three others were bitten by a dog in unincorporated Palm Beach Gardens, said a spokesman for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. The attack occurred inside a house in the 12000 block of 165th Road North just after 7 p.m.. Three of the victims were treated at the scene. This is a breaking news story, check back...
NEW: Person flown to hospital after accidental shooting in Wellington

One person was flown to a hospital Wednesday afternoon following an accidental shooting in Wellington, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The shooting took place at the Sugar Pond Manor neighborhood on Greenview Shores Boulevard. There was no information on the person’s condition.
Police: Woman ate Buffalo Wild Wings as dog sat in 113-degree car
Police: Woman ate Buffalo Wild Wings as dog sat in 113-degree car

A Virginia woman was arrested on accusations that she left her 5-year-old Yorkshire Terrier in a hot car while she ate inside a Buffalo Wild Wings at an Atlanta mall last week. Dominique Nicole Brown, 24, was booked into Cobb County jail on a charge of animal cruelty Thursday evening, jail records show. She bonded out for $1,320 about eight hours later...
Florida man visits cemetery daily, reads to 'my one and only love'
Florida man visits cemetery daily, reads to 'my one and only love'

Justino Jimenez celebrated his 77th birthday Tuesday and followed his usual routine. The Florida resident sat in his lawn chair at a local cemetery and read Bible verses to his wife, who died in 2015. Talking about Ana Mercedes Jimenez her still makes Justino Jimenez smile. “She was my one and only love,” he said. Jimenez visits his wife&rsquo...
US Rep. Brian Mast to hold town meeting in Jupiter
US Rep. Brian Mast to hold town meeting in Jupiter

Freshman U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, who has drawn fire from Democrats and others for voting to replace the Affordable Care Act, plans a town hall event Thursday at the Jupiter Community Center from 1 - 2:30 p.m. Mast, (R-Palm City) lost his legs and suffered other injuries from a bomb blast while serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. The meeting is...
More Stories