Shortly before her death at 28, she left a sober-living house and moved in with her boyfriend.
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The death toll reached 376 last year, driven almost entirely by opioids – prescription painkillers, heroin and now fentanyl. The heroin crisis has torn through Maine families regardless of income, religion or ethnicity.
As the public health crisis deepened, state policies made treatment less available to the tens of thousands of people addicted. For the victims and families left behind, it’s too little, too late.
“I think she always saw herself as damaged goods,” said a friend, Hannah Paquette.
“She had the most (trouble) I’ve seen one human endure in my life, but yet she maintained and loved life more than anybody.” Alcohol was Ashley’s worst addiction.