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Every day in the U.S., more than 40 people die after overdosing on prescription painkillers. Deaths from a more notorious form of opiates — heroin — increased five-fold between 2001 and 2013. Addressing this problem — one that’s often described as a public health crisis — requires action on many fronts, from preventing abuse in the first place to getting those addicted into treatment. But when it comes to overdoses, there’s one answer we know works: naloxone.

Two years ago, domestic workers in Houston, Texas, took part in the first national survey documenting the conditions they face on the job. The experience — a process of shedding light on the often isolating and invisible world of domestic work — was so moving that Houston workers decided they didn’t want to stop there. Instead, they decided it was time to put their personal stories to paper.

By Kim Krisberg I’ve had this conversation more times than I can count. You’re a reporter? What do you write about? Public health. (Blank stare.) Oh. What’s public health? Is that like universal health care or something? How do you describe public health? It’s a tricky question. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines public health as the…