‘Trying to sweep the ocean back with a broom’

In many ways, Roy is a typical OxyContin addict. More than a decade ago, he received a prescription for hydrocodone, an opiate-based painkiller, following surgery. After his doctor discontinued the prescription, Roy started illegally buying OxyContin on the street from other users.
At the height of his addiction, Roy was spending up to $150 a day for OxyContin, which is also known as “hillbilly heroin.” He turned to crime to subsidize his habit.
“I stole for it,” he said. “I stole off my own family. I was arrested for shoplifting. I got into trouble quite a few times.”

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