We were flooded with responses to our story about Garrett Brown, a young man who let me chronicle his life and heroin addiction for the last two-and-a-half years. Here are just some of the hundreds we’ve read on Facebook and in the comments section:

Twila Goodine This is one of the saddest stories I have read in a long time. I was not prepared at all for the ending. I kept waiting and hoping that he was one of the lucky ones. I am so sorry for his family.

Tammy Thibodeau So many folks can tell very similar stories regarding their life struggles with addiction. We as a state need to provide support for the illness.

Courtney Ashland Wow, sitting here in tears. Thank you for writing his story and sharing!

Thomas Carter That was the saddest damned story I’ve read in a long time. Heartbreaking, but a cautionary tale for young people in Maine.

Holly Overmyer Heartbreaking. I didn’t want that to end the way it did. We need to do better in treating this epidemic.

Tammy Wetmore Wow! Powerful read.

Wanda Greatorex My heart is broken.

Carol Marie Thank you for sharing this. So sad. My heart goes out to the family.

Sally G. Seifert A tremendously moving story.

Janice Coleman Graham Thank you for sharing Garrett’s story, it is a story we hear too often.

Amanda Brown Very well written, the struggle is very real. I am sorry that this young man felt so lost and lonely.

Sally Munson I just finished reading this, was hoping for a happy ending. I felt that that he wanted to stop doing drugs, but each path lead to a dead end. I’m sorry Garrett. Hugs and love to his mom

Jodi Saucier Willey Thank you for sharing his story. People whose lives haven’t been affected by addiction often times don’t understand how it is a disease. My heart breaks for Garrett, his family, and his friends…I was bawling by the time I finished the article.

Marcia Hosmer Long I read this story today and hoped that the closer I got to the end, the better the outcome would be, and it didn’t turn out the way I was hoping. My heart goes out to his mom and his family. I hope someone who is struggling with addiction reads this and it helps them in some way.

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Erin Rhoda

Erin Rhoda is the editor of Maine Focus, a team that conducts journalism investigations and projects at the Bangor Daily News. She also writes for the newspaper, often centering her work on domestic and...