Caller Michael joined the conversation to talk about his struggle to overcome addiction to opioids. He recounted how he was prescribed pain medication, following a car accident, that messed up his knee, and the hellish struggle he endured to overcome the addiction to opioids he developed during the treatment of his pain. He painted an excruciating picture of buying pills on the street, not to get high(his tolerance had rendered the pills essentially useless for his pain), but to fight off the sickness of withdrawals. He detailed how the doctors seemed to be ambivalent towards his plight, and how he burned bridges with even his family during his addiction. You can find the full conversation below.
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