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National Public Radio

Tammy Lovelace injected heroin for the first time right after her mom died. She was 18.

“Life just became too difficult. I had no education, no nothing. And when you do heroin, it’s like being on a cloud,” says Lovelace, while outside a fast food restaurant in midtown Sacramento.

Lovelace was addicted to heroin for seventeen years. The habit landed her in prison more than once.

Now, at 47 years old, she says heroin is two and a half years in her past. She wears a narcotics anonymous tattoo above her ankle as a daily reminder.