The Source of the Epidemic

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A large amount of opioid addicts are first exposed to the substance through prescription drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin. These users then become addicted to the powerful substance, leading to continued abuse of the prescription drugs or turning to illicit forms of opioids, such as heroin. Opioids reduce pain with great efficiency, which is a suitable quality when the substance is used properly. However, the effectiveness of the substance means that it is extremely volatile, thus making it lethal even in relatively small amounts.

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