Real stories

from people whose lives have been affected by prescription drug addiction.

"I stopped going out. It was easier to stay in"

Taking part in a salsa class was a moment that would impact the next decade in ways Janet never could have imagined.

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"What I was taking was a form of synthetic heroin."

Clive, 71, became addicted to painkillers due to arthritis.

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"I’d become bad-tempered and edgy if I didn’t take the medication."

A slipped disc followed by a road traffic accident and spinal fusion surgery, left Bob taking painkillers and using a crutch to keep going.

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"He couldn't get through the day without them."

Kate’s husband became addicted to codeine after getting injured playing rugby.

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"If I missed a dose I’d know straight away."

Stephen had no choice but to leave his job after becoming addicted to opioids.

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"I went cold turkey. It was the most horrific experience of my life."

Tracie became addicted to prescription pain medication after getting injured at a theme park.

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