Opioid Policy Becomes Personal For One Health Official After Husband's Death


Deborah and Joe Thompson were married for six years. He died from an accidental heroin overdose in 2016.

Deborah Thompson is a point person on Iowa’s response to the opioid epidemic. Earlier this year, she revealed a more immediate connection to the crisis: her husband, who fatally overdosed on heroin.

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