Celebrity Addictions: Painkillers and Hollywood

Hollywood stars usually set the trends that the rest of us follow — in the cities, to suburbia and beyond. But not in the case of painkiller addictions. What started as a problem among the rural poor in America has now spread across the nation and into the Hollywood spotlight. The effective chemicals in prescription painkillers — called opioids — are derived from the same poppy plant used to make opium and heroin. Painkillers give a feeling of euphoria and, just like heroin or opium, carry a...Full Story
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