Jack Zakrewski: ‘A kind spirit’

Jack Zakrewski: ‘A kind spirit’

EDWARDSVILLE — The last years of Jack Zakrewski’s life were tough. After suffering a heart attack years earlier, Zakrewski, 62, had been on disability toward the end of his life and struggled with back pain as well. “I know he was in a lot of pain, because he...

Treatment centers focus of debate

WILKES-BARRE — Most everyone agrees that Luzerne County is in the grip of a deadly opioid epidemic that is killing off residents by the dozens. But when it comes to treating the very people who are dying, most everyone wants that care to happen somewhere other than...

Paul Sorokas: Medication for back injury led to addiction

Addiction can ruin or end a life at any age. Paul Sorokas was 75 when he died on April 1, 2017, the oldest person to die from a drug overdose in Luzerne County last year. Sorokas, a fun-loving but hard-working man known as “Bobo” who lived in Wilkes-Barre most of his...
Age is no barrier to addiction

Age is no barrier to addiction

You are never too old to suffer from addiction, especially addiction to opioids. That is the message from treatment specialists and professionals at all levels. The oldest person to die of an overdose in Luzerne County in 2017 was Paul Sorokas, who was 75. His brother...
Eric Bowman: A part of him lives on

Eric Bowman: A part of him lives on

Following alternating bouts with drug abuse and recovery, Eric Bowman’s relapse in March 2017 killed him, but brought new life to someone he never met. After the Hunlock Creek man died of a heroin overdose, one of his kidneys was transplanted in a dying man in Texas....
More overdoses, more organ donations

More overdoses, more organ donations

Grieving families of some drug overdose victims are finding solace in the fact that surging deaths from the opioid epidemic have led to a record number of organ donations around the country. The Gift of Life Donor Program — which organizes all donations in Eastern...