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Malheur County pair launch support group for families facing addiction

Kathleen and Brett Moore say they get several inquiries a week from parents who want to join the Ontario support group. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon)

ONTARIO – On a Wednesday evening, a group of parents and other relatives shuffle into a large empty room and sit in a circle. The room is quiet.

The families meet once each week because they share a bond -- they are all dealing with family members fighting addiction.

One by one, the parents and others tell how their lives have been clawed apart by drugs. Each story recounts the relentless cycle of treatment centers, overdoses and jail cells. 

Many say they are broke from paying for treatment. Some say they have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Kathleen and Brett Moore, the leaders of the group discussion, know those feelings . . .