It may begin with a car accident, or perhaps injuries on a sports field. A doctor prescribes opioid painkillers like Oxycontin, and that sometimes leads to addiction. Patients may then find themselves buying illicit drugs at a high price. They may even turn to the cheaper and darker substitute, heroin.
Such is the opioid crisis of the 21st century, where powerful new additives to street drugs make it more likely than ever that someone will die, and drug stores struggle to keep up with the demand for over-the-counter antidotes that can save lives.