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Remembering Annie: Formerly Featured Heroin Addict Looses Her Life

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Tragic Ending

On Wednesday, the City of Boston moved in and finally cleared the notorious drug encampment along Atkinson St. often referred to as “Mass & Cass” or “methadone mile.” Nearly two years ago, I met Annie Driscoll as she cooked heroine nearby. The 37 year old woman was bright, talented, and told me she was trying to beat her addiction. She allowed me to record part of her journey on the streets. Sadly, her family reached out to say Driscoll recently passed away. They thanked me for taking the time to give her a voice. There are so many more Annie’s out there worth saving. I’ve attached the letter they sent me, her obituary, and my coverage.

Powerful Letter

Annie’s family found my contact and emailed me at Discovery Institute in Seattle. This is what continues to fuel my work.

Annie’s Obituary

All are welcome to join the family in a sunset remembrance that will be held at Rock Harbor on November 11th, followed by a gathering at Hog Island.

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.