David Muir Examines the Heroin Epidemic

By Chris Ariens 

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More than 100 Americans die every day from a drug overdose–more than gunshot wounds or car accidents. Armed with that data point, ABC News set out a year ago to begin gathering facts and stories about the heroin epidemic on the rise in many towns across America. ABC’s David Muir anchors the culmination of that reporting in a one-hour special called Breaking Point: Heroin in America.

“For more than a year, a very small team of producers armed with cameras embedded with very brave families battling heroin in their own home,” Muir told TVNewser. “This is an epidemic that knows no boundaries.”

The ABC special documents the disease which affect rich and poor, old and young. Muir reports mainly from New England, an area he knows well having worked in Boston earlier in his career.

“I won’t forget witnessing 11-year-olds being taught how to administer Narcan, the drug that can bring people back from a heroin overdose,” Muir said.

ABC News is partnering with affiliates to detail the problems plaguing individual cities, with reporting on ABCNews.com.

The special edition of 20/20 airs Friday night at 10 p.m. ET, with additional reporting on Muir’s World News Tonight, Good Morning America and Nightline.