Recovering Opioid Addict Shares More Than A Cautionary Tale

THE OPIOID CRISIS SEEMS TO KNOW NO BOUNDARIES, AFFECTING PEOPLE RICH AND POOR, OF ALL ALL RACES AND AGES. A LOCAL DOCTOR HAS AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR PARENTS. Reporter: LUCAS HAS BEEN THROUGH IT, AND THE DRUG ADDICT IN THE PARK. LIVING IN THE STREETS. Reporter: DOING HEROIN. YEAH, UNFORTUNATELY, YEAH. Reporter: YOU WOULD LIE, CHEAT, STEAL. YEAH, YEAH. Reporter: NOW AT 22, HE’S JUST OUT OF PRISON. HE WASN’T ALWAYS THAT WAY. HE WAS A LITTLE BOY ONCE, AND AT THE AGE OF 13, BEFORE HE MOVED TO COLORADO, HE GOT HIS NOSE BROKEN IN A SCUFFLE AT SCHOOL. A DR. PRESCRIBED ME TYLENOL 3 WITH CO DEAN. I COULD HAVE BEEN JUST FINE WITH ADVIL. THAT’S WHERE IT STARTS WITH MOST TEENAGERS, YES. Reporter: THIS DOCTOR’S 16- YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER WAS HANDED A BOTTLE OF OPIOID CONTAINING PILLS AFTER DENTAL SURGERY. THAT SHE WOULD COME HOME WITH 25 PERCOCETS TO ME WAS A BIT SHOCKING. Reporter: HE SAID IN FOUR OR FIVE DAYS A YOUNG PERSON CAN BECOME AN ADDICT. HAVE YOU SEEN THAT HAPPEN? ABSOLUTELY. Reporter: HOW MANY KID YOU GET? 60. Reporter: 60. CORRECT. Reporter: DID YOU FINISH THE BOTTLE? ABSOLUTELY. Reporter: FROM THERE LUCAS STARTED A DOWNWARD SPIRAL. GOING INTO MEDICINE CABINETS, AND KIDS WOULD GET THEIR WISDOM TEETH TAKEN OUT AND SO FORTH. Reporter: THEN THERE WAS HEROIN, EASILY OBTAINED IN THE DENVER SUBURBS. YOU DIDN’T HAVE ANY TROUBLE FINDING IT. NONE WHATSOEVER. AND AS TIME WENT ON, MAN, IT GOT BAD. THING ABOUT A FERRARI WITH AN AN ACCELERATOR AND NO BRAKES. THE BRAINS OF THE ADOLESCENT HAVEN’T DEVELOPED IN CERTAIN WAYS. IT DOESN’T COMPLETE UNTIL 24 OR 25 YEARS OLD. Reporter: HE BELIEVES OPIOIDS HAVE A PURPOSE, BUT FAR LESS OFTEN IN YOUNG PEOPLE AND HE HAS A WARNING. PARENTS NEED TO BE AWARE OF THAT THIS VULNERABILITY EXISTS. Reporter: LUCAS IS CLEAN, GETTING A JOB AND SHARING HIS STORY WITH US TO KEEP IT FROM HAPPENING TO ANYONE ELSE. THAT DOCTOR PRESCRIBING ME THOSE PILLS ESSENTIALLY INTRODUCED ME TO THE DRUG THAT RUINED MY YOUNG LIFE. Reporter: AT 13. AT 13. THE DOCTOR RECOMMENDS THAT ALL OF US GO TO OUR MEDICINE CABINETS RIGHT AWAY AND GET RID OF ANY PRESCRIPTIONS CONTAINING OPIOIDS.

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