While the conviction of Hsiu-Ying Tseng on murder charges is making headlines, the question of how a painkiller prescription makes the jump to a street drug addiction is now more pertinent than ever.
While often prescribed for legitimate uses, there are an alarming number of college students engaging in prescription drug abuse. Why is this becoming so common?
When it seemed clear that our son was using drugs, we had few resources for understanding how profound the problem was. At first, it seemed a matter of recreational use and thus could be discounted as a kind of pervasive cultural practice. As we became aware that he was more deeply involved, we found new narratives to explain and rationalize his behavior.