Liz O. Baylen
Los Angeles Times
“First the man takes the pill, then the pill takes the man,” a counselor tells prescription pill addict Edward Shut. Shut, 32, understands this adage intimately as he seeks to regain a life without prescription medication. After 10 years of abusing pills, all prescribed by doctors, Shut checked himself into a rehabilitation facility and handed over his medication to counselors to dole out judiciously as they wean him from the substances.