Liz O. Baylen (with Mary Vignoles)
Los Angeles Times
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"PILLS FOR LIFE"
Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with prescription painkiller overdoses reaching epidemic proportions. Much of the dialogue surrounding the issue focuses on the misuse and abuse of the medications by patients and on the addiction that can result. But John Jackson cautions those who jump too quickly to conclusions about painkillers and about those who use them. Jackson, who suffered severe injuries as a stuntman, is dependent on prescription narcotics and says that they have given him his life back.