From Rx to Heroin
Nearly half of young people who inject heroin start by misusing prescription (Rx) pain medicine, also known as opioids. Some teens start by misusing it with friends because they're curious, to self-medicate or because they think it will make them feel good. Others start taking it legitimately when prescribed by a doctor after an injury or medical procedure. But in some cases, legitimate use turns to dependence, misuse, addiction and then heroin use. Tragically, many overdose fatalities are now being driven by heroin laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, or similar compounds which are even more powerful and deadly.
Follow Katie's journey below to see how Rx drug misuse can lead to heroin addiction.