"Oxy is a household name," says former teen addict

In this disturbing article in the Gloucester Times, one high school student and former OxyContin addict describes how he became addicted to the painkiller when he was 12. The boy is one of several students to have testified during a hearing last year organized by the Massachusetts OxyContin and Heroin Commission, which recently described OxyContin use in the state as an epidemic. The article stresses the need for more recovery high schools, which provide sober students a high school environment that is free of alcohol and drugs. In this year’s budget, new legislation requires public schools to pay a per-pupil fee for the students they send there in an effort to make the program self-sustaining, the article says.

Read more about Massachusetts’ OxyContin troubles here, here, and here.

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