It is a never-ending fight. Drugs make their way in and out of North Alabama every day.
Law enforcement agencies bust traffickers, dealers, and users on a daily basis.
Their goal is to protect the community and prevent tragedy.
Just last year, drug overdoses in Alabama increased by 20 percent.
So, what can we be done to tackle this epidemic?
There are stories of tragedy, and of hope. WAAY 31 looks into North Alabama’s drug addiction.
Special reports by WAAY 31 News Anchor Megan Reyna and WAAY 31 News Reporter Luke Hajdasz: