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2013 Pulitzer finalist | Feature Photography

Prescription drug abuse
Aaron Rubin waits while a caregiver prepares his bed for an afternoon rest before dinner. Rubin, 30, of Escondido, Calif., was debilitated by a prescription drug overdose years earlier, leaving him in the constant care of his parents. Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with prescription painkiller overdoses reaching epidemic proportions.
(Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)

Liz O. Baylen of the Los Angeles Times for her intimate essay, shot in shadowy black and white, documenting the shattered lives of people entangled in prescription drug abuse.


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