VIDEO - Addiction to pain pills can happen to anyone. Watch how people from all walks of life started down the path of addiction and how they found hope beyond the pill bottle.
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Prescription pain pills, like Oxycontin, Vicodin, and Percocet, are opioids. Opioids are a powerful class of drugs that includes heroin. While important for treating severe pain, these pills can cause problems when used for chronic pain (except cancer and terminal illness). Pain pills can lead to physical dependence, addiction, and death from overdose.
When it comes to pain, you are not alone. According to the Institute of Medicine, 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain.
Do you think that you or a loved one might be addicted to prescription pain pills? See this article for more information that can help you understand addiction to these powerful drugs.
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In Multnomah County, deaths from opioid overdose occurred more than twice a week in 2014. Overdoses can be prevented and even reversed.
Amazing stories from real people in our community. From injury or experimentation to addiction, loss, overdose, recovery, healing, and hope. Anyone can become addicted to pain pills. Anyone.