Prescription pill abuse surpasses street drugs

When former Ball Memorial Hospital nurse Gina Hiatt took the first pain pill in her prescription, she was aiming to rid herself of the stabbing pains in her back.
The next few medications helped keep the pain away.
Eventually though, Hiatt was no longer taking the pills for pain. She had become addicted.
“At some point, really, I don’t even know when the back pain stopped,” Hiatt said.
Hiatt’s story is not unique, not anymore.

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