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Us & Them: 'Steve’s' Struggle Began with His Mom’s Prescription Opioids

Three arms are shown. Each forearm has a tattoo on it remembering a loved one.
Dave and Cheryl Favreau's tatooed arms, in memory of their son.
Photo courtesy of Mitch Hanley

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in the last two years, 2 million people in the United States misused prescription opioids for the first time. “Steve,” a curious kid from New Hampshire, found his mom’s oxycodone pills in the medicine cabinet and liked the way they made him feel. Before long, he wanted to see what the big deal was with heroin, and doubted that he’d become addicted. As it turns out, he got hooked on his first try. In this episode, we’ll hear Steve’s struggle to stay clean and how his addiction became a family affair. We’ll also hear his parents speak openly—at times, brutally–about the limitations of “being there” for an addict.

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