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Father of overdose victim reflects on State of the Union invite and daughter he lost

President Joe Biden faced harsh rebukes from multiple angles as he spoke during his State of the Union address about trying to contain a drug overdose crisis driven by powerful illicit synthetic opioids like fentanyl, that has been killing more than 100,000 people a year in the U.S. (Brynn Anderson/AP)
President Joe Biden faced harsh rebukes from multiple angles as he spoke during his State of the Union address about trying to contain a drug overdose crisis driven by powerful illicit synthetic opioids like fentanyl, that has been killing more than 100,000 people a year in the U.S. (Brynn Anderson/AP)

Here & Now‘s Scott Tong speaks with Doug Griffin, who was President Biden’s guest at the State of the Union address this week.

Griffin’s daughter Courtney was 20 in 2014 when she died of an overdose of heroin and fentanyl. Biden has called for a “major surge” to stop fentanyl from reaching the U.S.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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