The books were to be delivered Tuesday at 10 a.m. as an act of friendship, not politics. Monday night, with the books packed and ready to go, the detention center abruptly changed its mind. No thanks, a county official said. We don't need your books.
Just as the crisis has changed so many in this city - families and advocates and doctors and outreach workers - it's changed people who thought their jobs were ordinary, would have nothing to do with the heroin epidemic, but now find themselves on the front lines, too. Like the makeup artist.
Mike Newall has been writing for the Inquirer since 2010. Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., he has been writing about Philadelphia crime, courts, politics, and neighborhoods since 2003. Before joining the Inquirer, he was a staff writer and columnist for Philadelphia Weekly and Philadelphia City Paper. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and dog.