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Painkiller Abuse - June 7, 2012
NBC News 6.7.2012
Crackdown on Painkiller Abuse Fuels New Wave of Heroin Addiction
LANCASTER, Ohio Holly Yates started using painkillers in the ninth grade, at parties and hanging out with friends.
The pills were everywhere, easy to get and cheap. By the time she was 18, she was abusing oxycodone, Percocet
and other pills every day. Then they stopped being enough. My cousin, she was into heroin and I started hanging
out with her, said Yates, a hazel-eyed 20-year-old. She told me about it, and I was like, I want to try it. The first time
that I shot it up, it was like, Where has this been all my life?
Experts say Yates and others in this town of about 38,000 southeast of Columbus are on the leading edge of a
frightening new drug abuse trend that is ironically being fueled by a national crackdown on prescription painkillers.
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