A Familiar Fiend: Painkiller Addiction

After years of reoccurring kidney stones and regular surgeries, Jared Hess became addicted to painkillers. After a monthlong stay in the hospital and being prescribed the powerful painkiller Oxycontin, Hess continued to use the drug against his doctors' orders, surreptitiously obtaining pills. Within a year of first being prescribed the painkiller, he found himself in rehab. He was just 19 years old. "I was in college when it first became a real problem. I lost interest in school, stopped...Full Story
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