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An estimated 10 percent of the babies that have to spend time in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Duluth’s Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital each year are born with “drug dependency” issues and have to be weaned off of the drugs in their first days or weeks of life. Photo by Heather Ainsworth

COLLATERAL DAMAGE: Drug addiction affects everyone

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Anyone who argues that drug addicts are only harming themselves need look only at the now familiar case of Vanessa Brigan to see the ripple effects caused by one person’s drug addiction.


The Carlton County courtroom was packed with more than 60 people when Brigan was sentenced to six years in prison for vehicular homicide last month. All of them were affected by the accident.

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