Prom Queen, Most Likely to Succeed, Most Talkative: They were in high school when painkillers hit their small Ohio town two decades ago. Today, their yearbook reflects the devastating toll of the opioid crisis.
Minford's Class of 2000 started high school the year Purdue Pharma introduced OxyContin. By their senior year, painkillers were everywhere, in classrooms, school bathrooms, parties: "I told myself I was never going to do them. But kids were selling Oxys at school for $3 a pill."
For many students, experimenting with pills rapidly morphed into addiction before they were even old enough to vote. A decade after the class graduated, their county was ground zero in Ohio's opioid crisis: "Every single person in our group of friends got addicted.”
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Choices matter. Many times, people have a hard time empathizing on the idea of addiction being an illness, bc it is an illness that began as a personal choice. (Not referring here to those with devastating injuries who began taking medication out of necessity)