Charlene Hipsher has a unique vantage point from which to witness East Tennessee's addiction crisis.
From her position as Executive Assistant to Roane County Prosecutor Russell Johnson, Hipsher sees a daily flow of opiate addicts surging through the courts.
These are people she knows. From families she knows. She says it's heartbreaking to see.
"I'm talking to those parents who are not so different from me," Hipsher says, "and they're burying their kids."