The dangers lurking in your medicine cabinet

MEDICINE CABINET WAS A PROBLEM
WAITING TO HAPPEN. >> SOMETIMES WE TEND TO THINK
THE DANGER IS ON THE STREET. BUT IT CAN BE RIGHT HERE IN OUR
MEDICINE CABINETS. SHEREE: IT LOOKS HARMLESS
ENOUGH. A BATHROOM CABINET FILLED DRUGS
PRESCRIBED BY A DOCTOR. BUT FOR KATHERINE ENGEL, WHO
TREATS DRUG ADDICTS AT THE
CENTER FOR ADDICTION TREATMENT
IN CINCINNATI EVERY DAY, THIS IS
A PILL POPPER’S DREAM AND A
TEENAGER’S TEMPTATION. WITHIN SECONDS OF OPENING THE
DOOR THIS REGISTERED NURSE IS
CONCERNED. >> THIS IS HYDROCORDONE OR NARCO
WHICH IS GENERIC FORM WHICH IS
AN OPIOI
HERE’S SOME MORE. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY AN OPIOID AND
IT’S A VERY SOUGHT AFTER OPIOID. IT HAS WHAT WE WOULD CALL A HIGH
STREET VALUE. SHEREE: FOUR BOTTLES THAT ARE
ALL MORE THAN A-YEAR-OLD, AND
DANGEROUS FOR SOMEONE LOOKING
FOR A HIGH. >> COUGH SYRUP IS ONE OF THE
BIGGEST HITTERS BC IT’S A QUICK
BECAUSE THEY JUST. AND IT’S DONE. >> THEY PROVIDED EVERYTHING,
MEALS, CLOTHES, EDUCATION. SHEREE: BUT YOU JUST GOT
TEMPTED. >> I GOT TEMPTED AT A VERY YOUNG
AGE. WAS ONLY 13 WHEN HE STARTED

SHEREE: TIM JOHNSON, WAS ONLY 13
WHEN HE STARTED EXPERIMENTING
WITH DRUGS AND ALCOHOL. >> A LOT OF ADD DRUGS. THOSE WERE EASY TO GET IN MY
HIGH SCHOOL. YOU KNOW, IT WAS ANYTHING I
COULD GET MY HANDS ON. ANYTHING I TRIED, I LIKED. SHEREE: HE WENT FROM MARIJUANA,
TO COCAINE TO PILLS AND
EVENTUALLY TO HEROIN, AND HE’D
DO ANYTHING TO GET HIGH. >> I WOULD GO LOOKING FOR IT. SHEREE: WOULD YOU HESITATE TO
STEAL A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBERS
MEDICATION? >> NOT ONE BIT. AS FAST AS I ANSWER THAT
QUESTION. NOT ONE BIT. SHEREE: WHICH IS WHY KAT SAYS
TREAT YOUR MEDICINE CABINET THE
SAME WAY YOU WOULD A GUN. IF YOU HAVE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
LOCK THEM UP. IF YOU’RE DONE WITH THEM THROW
THEM OUT. >> THEY MAY BE A VERY MORAL
PERSON IN EVERY PART OF THEIR
LIFE BUT IN THIS WAY THEY THINK
WELL LOOK AT THE DATE. IT’S A-YEAR-OLD. NOBODY’S GONNA USE IT
NOBODY’S GONNA NOTICE. I REALLY NEED IT. I’LL ONLY TAKE A COUPLE. SHEREE: BUT AS TIM FOUND OUT ONE
TIME AS A TEENAGER, OR ONE TIME
FOR AN ADDICT IS ONE TIME TOO
MANY. HE SPENT 26 YEARS FIGHTING HIS
DEMONS. >> THAT ONE LITTLE PILL 10-YEARS
DOWN THE ROAD COULD HAVE BEEN
THE BEGINNING OF A DESTRUCTIVE
PATTERN THAT THEY HAD NO IDEA. SHEREE: AT THE AGE OF 41, HE’S
CLEAN.

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