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How a Teenager's Opioid Prescription Led to Dependence

Clip: Season 45 Episode 12 | 3m 57s Video has closed captioning.

In her teens, Casey stayed busy with sports. But severe muscle cramps landed her in the hospital, where she was prescribed opioids for her pain. An emergency room doctor realized she was addicted and said not to come back—leaving her and her family to deal with the problem on their own.

Aired: 09/25/18

Rating: NR

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