‘Heroin Was My Life Preserver’

Why teenagers across the country are finding love in heroin

Illustration: Richard Chance

VVicki Allendorf noticed that her oldest son Zachary was losing weight. “Mom, I’ve just been working out,” he’d say. But Allendorf, who is Midwestern-nice with a big pinch of Type A, knew that her skater son was no gym rat. “He looked gaunt,” she said. In the early 2000s…