Opioid death is a tragic story being repeated thousands of times across the United States

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Three years ago, the son of a friend of mine was involved in a car accident in which he received multiple, severe injuries. During the lengthy course of his medical treatment and recovery, his surgeons prescribed strong pain relief medication, including oxycodone and hydrocodone, two prominent opioid drugs. Over time, he became addicted to these opioids, and when his prescription eventually ran out, he sought out and was able to obtain them and related opioids through the black market.

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