Apollo R. graduated from St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers Veterans Program in 2015. He is now pursuing his bachelor’s degree at a college near his hometown. A recent assignment involved his writing a short essay depicting an important period in his life. Without hesitation he chose to describe his struggle with addiction, and his path to recovery in the hope of making others aware that help is available. After leaving BIO lab today, I stopped at the grocery store. I checked my messages while I was shopping, and there was one telling me that a good friend that I graduated High School with died. I didn’t have to ask what happened, I already knew. The opiate epidemic has been in full swing in Western PA since at least 2002, when I joined the Army to get as far away as possible from that area, and what was happening there.