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Before one knows it, they are abusing and becoming addicted to these prescription drugs which are opiates and this habit is expensive and deadly. When the supply of prescription drugs becomes scarce due to cost or the impact of the states' Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), then taking the next step to an illegal drug like heroin seems to make perfect sense to the addict.
Open Channel on msnbc.com has been covering this phenomenon over the past few days. Teenagers and young adults moving from prescription drug abuse to heroin is happening in cities and towns around the United States. Heroin users are not just found in dark alleys, but in average suburban households. Take a few minutes to meet Holly Yates of Lancaster, Ohio.
This video offers a lot of powerful information, as Holly says: "You've got to get help, you can't do it by yourself."