Long-haul COVID remains a concern as we regain some semblance of normalcy 2 1⁄2 years since the pandemic began. But it's not the only troubling legacy of those difficult and isolating years. The CDC reports that U.S. overdose deaths climbed to a record high during the pandemic — particularly due to opioids. This week, Inspired offers two refreshing solutions-based stories about the opioid crisis. In Minnesota, Change the Outcome — a nonprofit founded by a grieving mother — sends young people into schools for candid and nonjudgmental conversations with students. On the national front, candy, gum, gift cards, sunglasses and headphones are among rewards offered to people for negative drug tests or who show up for counseling. There's brain science behind the method, and much-needed hope.