Fueling the increase in opioid addiction and overdoses in the U.S. is a little known synthetic opioid called fentanyl. In this segment of the series "State of Emergency - America's Opioid Crisis," we take a look at what the introduction of fentanyl into the drug supply has done to the community of Louisville, Kentucky. Jeff Swicord reports.
The opioid crisis in the U.S. has destroyed the lives of thousands of people, tearing apart families and communities. For addicts, the road to recovery is long and hard and often fraught with many setbacks. It is estimated just three percent of substance abusers manage to stay clean for a lifetime. Jeff Swicord profiles one opioid user who is battling for her sobriety at a residential rehabilitation center in Miami, Florida
President Donald Trump's plans to build a security wall along the U.S.-Mexican border are well known, but many argue the northern U.S. border with Canada also presents a challenging security problem for both countries. There is human and drug trafficking across the border in both directions and border patrol agents have limited resources to stop it. VOA's Jeff Swicord has more in this report from the Canadian-U.S. border.
Orlando city officials want the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Pulse Nightclub to be marked with acts of love and kindness. June 12 has officially been named Orlando United Day commemorating the horrific attack on the city's gay and lesbian community where 49 people died. As Jeff Swicord reports, the city came out in a show of unity during weekend events to mark the tragedy.
Protests in opposition to the presidency of Donald Trump will be going on throughout the weekend's inaugural festivities. A group called Disrupt J20, a coalition of minorities, trade unions, LGBTQ activists and climate change activists, has been training protesters for weeks. Jeff Swicord followed one such group early on Inauguration Day as they planned to shut down a security checkpoint.
As Donald Trump prepares to assume the presidency, he is expected to reverse course from the Obama administration on refugee policy. A document from his transition team called "The First Day Project" says he intends to "suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur." As Jeff Swicord reports, it is a policy fraught with controversy.
Despite President-elect Donald Trump's controversial comments made during the presidential campaign about barring Syrian refugees from entering the United States, refugee organizations are moving full speed ahead to resettle Syrian families before he takes office. Rutland, Vermont will be one of the first American cities to receive Syrian refugees in the new year. Jeff Swicord reports from Rutland.