A doctor handed Melissa Morris her first opioid prescription when she was 20 years old. She'd had a cesarean section to deliver her daughter and was sent home with Percocet to relieve post-surgical pain. On an empty stomach, she took one pill and lay down on her bed. "I remember thinking to myself, 'Oh, my God. Is this legal? How can this feel so good?' " Morris recalls. Soon, she started taking the pills recreationally. She shopped around for doctors who would write new prescriptions,...
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