With massive numbers of its young adults using prescription medication, West New York is looking at epidemic levels of prescription pill addiction.
One time straight A student, Destinee Henderson, knows all too well about prescription pill addiction and its detrimental side effects. The all-American teenage sweetheart began taking prescription medication after being diagnosed with a female health disorder- endometriosis. She was initially given hydrocodone, then Percocet and eventually Oxycontin.
This average all American teen, who was completely oblivious to the side effects and addictive nature of the drugs she was taking every day, eventually noticed she was unable to function without the medication that would give her a powerful sense of euphoria she had never experienced before. Henderson’s life began to spiral out of control as she scrambled to find money to buy more pills and hide her addiction from her loved ones. She was forced to become a prostitute to pay for her expenses and eventually turned to heroin, a cheap alternative to prescription medication.
Following her arrest for cashing a stolen check, she was offered the possibility of entering a drug diversion program designed to help individuals overcome addiction. Fortunately, she graduated from the program a year and a half ago and has been drug drug-free since.
Henderson, who believes she’s lucky to be alive after her ordeal, wants to share her story and warn us of just how addicting prescription drugs can be even when taken for prescribed medical reasons.
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