A LONG ROAD: OPIOID-ADDICTED RURAL RESIDENTS TRAVEL HUNDREDS OF MILES TO REACH METHADONE CLINICS

MORENCI – It’s just before sunrise as Maggie Phillips wakes her three children in the darkness.

The oldest, Jaxon, a second-grader, is headed to school. For the two youngest, Phillips packs clothes, snacks and toys for the hourlong trip to the methadone clinic.

Jesse, 3, runs around the small room he shares with his brother, Jayson, 4, looking for his favorite Spider-Man jacket. All three are dressed and ready by 7:30 a.m., when the school bus arrives for Jaxon. Phillips, Jayson and Jesse say goodbye as he climbs aboard.