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Stacey's Story

When she was 16 years old, Stacey was diagnosed with scoliosis. Her doctor prescribed Percocet and Stacey began taking it on a regular basis. When she turned 18, her health insurance expired so Stacey stopped getting her prescription. Immediately, she started experiencing flu-like symptoms. Stacey went to the emergency room and was told that what she was experiencing was withdrawal. Desperate, Stacey turned to a methadone clinic for help. She quickly became dependent on the methadone and was addicted for 5 years before completely detoxing.

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Brandon's Story

Brandon started using opiates when he was 18 years old and quickly became addicted. Through the years, he tried several different programs, but none of them worked. He detoxed from methadone only to start taking suboxone. After making the decision, Brandon was finally able to successfully detox. "I wish I would've done it 10 years ago," he said. He has now been clean and sober for over 12 months.

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Marcia's Story

Marcia was a college freshman when a friend offered her drugs, saying they would help her study. Marcia's decision to accept the drugs led to over 30 years of addiction. She abused heroin, cocaine, opiates and any other drugs she could get. She lost her job, her apartment and her car. She went to 8 different treatment facilities in an effort to get clean. Nothing worked. Marcia made the decison to detox and has now been clean for 1 year and 5 months. Today, Marcia says, "I'm truly sorry that I ever tried drugs."

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39% of high school seniors think it is not a great risk to try heroin once or twice.
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