Addict's long road to recovery
BATON ROUGE - The war on prescription pills and drug addiction continues. Saturday, authorities are taking them off the street in waves during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative.
It is one way to combat drug problems on the street where addicts get them easily and sometimes switch drugs, each becoming more dangerous than the last.
"I had a lot of emotional pain from life," said recovering drug addict Kyle Lane. "I didn't know how to cope with it."
Lane has been sober for almost three years, but it was a long road to get there.
He started abusing drugs at 17. His abuse began with alcohol and marijuana and soon escalated to prescription drugs like Lortab and Oxycontin in college.
He found himself in and out of medicine cabinets in his parents and friends houses. Lane overdosed a couple times but instead of seeking help, continued abusing drugs.
"It feels good, it's fun, takes the edge off," he said. "You know, you can talk, you can do whatever, you can have a good time."
Lane came to Baton Rouge for medical help.
"There's nothing you can say to keep somebody from doing it," he said. "They're going to do what they're going to do. But any treatment is better than no treatment."
Saturday, The Louisiana State Police will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back in an effort to help residents dispose of potentially dangerous prescription drugs and keep them off the streets. All prescription drugs will be accepted for disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at any Louisiana State Police troop location.
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