Addiction's deadly allure

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As local overdoses skyrocket, a survivor traces the path from pills to needles to the morgue

By Reece Murphy

First of four parts
Chad Carpenter overdosed on heroin only once, and he remembers precisely how it felt.
He was 26, alone in his bedroom. His parents were only a few steps away, watching TV in their Lancaster home.
He dumped his usual $30 ball of black-tar heroin into a spoon of water, flicked a lighter and melted it down. He strapped a belt around his arm, pulled the dark liquid into a syringe and shot it into his vein.

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