It started out with a pal saying painkillers could be a cool high. Joe was 15. He wanted the high, and he wanted to be cool.
“I said, ‘Hey, I have some of that at home,’ and so we went and I grabbed a couple of Percocets out of my stepdad’s bottle,” Joe said. “It was easy. My stepdad had a lot of surgeries, so he had a lot of pills.”