North Dakota woman shares story of twin sons addiction to heroin to help others

Fargo, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The CDC says more than 20 million people in the United States struggle with substance abuse and only 10 percent of those people receive treatment.

Heroin abuse has skyrocketed, according to the CDC, the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths increased 286 percent between 2002 and 2013.

After her twin sons became heroin addicts and drug dealers, Dana Chase wrote the book, In Spite of Heroin, a memoir that reveals her struggle during her sons’ addiction problem.

As the country wrestles with the growing epidemic, Chase hopes her story can help others cope with addiction.

"The story is truly a paradox of terror and hope and ultimately very inspiring. It’s a mother's perspective and it portrays how I managed the despair,” Chase said.

78 people die each day from opioid overdoses.

Fargo Police say properly disposing of addicting drugs and being informed and talking about the heroin problem in our community is a step we need to take in the right direction.