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For Some, Prescription Drugs a Gateway to Heroin

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"Certainly not what I planned," says Jack King.

"I didn't think she would ever go down that route," says Becky King.

 Jack and Becky King are talking about their daughter's heroin addiction.. 
 They raised Stephanie in a quiet middle class Delaware neighborhood. "I had a great childhood. And no complaints, had everything I needed"

Stephanie went to the University of Delaware when a severe stomach infection hospitalized her. She left with a prescription for percocet. "I started taking them and I liked the feeling I got."

Percocet led to oxycontin. "After that.. it was.. every day.

But when law enforcement cracked down on doctors' writing prescriptions, Stephanie turned to heroin. "It's really cheap... And it's everywhere. It's everywhere!"

"Right now, few substances are more lethal than prescription opiates and heroin," says U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Holder has declared deaths from heroin overdoses and prescription painkillers an "urgent public health crisis."

Stephanie draws a straight line between the two. "It slowly crumbled with the pills.. with the heroin, it was just done. It was game over.. I needed it every second of every day."

Stephanie says she wanted to die, and thought she would if she didn't get clean. Her parents helped her start the long road to recovery. "She does all the things I couldn't be more proud of," says her mother.

Now Stephanie is helping others conquer heroin addictions - that often start with pills.

She's been clean a year and a half.

If you have old prescription drugs in your home you want to get rid of, you can always turn them in at Reno and Sparks Police Departments or the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.
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