TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A study out this year shows prescription drug overdoses kill more people than heroin or cocaine combined.
And drug-related deaths doubled in the United States over the last decade.
"I got tired of spending my every waking moment trying to find that fix," said Leslie Mason.
Leslie has been an addict since she was teen. She's just one of numerous recovering addicts we spoke to Wednesday.
Jeremy Touchet battled addiction for 20 years.
"My family had to cut me off. I was lying, stealing, robbing, didn't care. Whatever I had to do to get my drugs was what I did," said Jeremy, a pastor at Teen Challenge.
Both were consumed with finding their next prescription drug fix.
Leslie said she would go doctor shopping. She'd visit 3 to 4 doctors to get 3 to 4 prescriptions to feed her addiction.
According to the Centers For Disease Control, the use of painkillers has quadrupled in the past decade.
It reports doctors write about 300 million pain med prescriptions a year.
That's enough for each adult in America to be medicated for a month, 24 hours a day.
Police say prescription drugs are considered the most abused drug.
They say more kids are experimenting with prescriptions, because they're easier to get and they're legal.
Leslie said finally, she couldn't take her addiction any longer.
"And finally, I just got to the point where I could not take it any longer. It was either I did something about it or I would die," said Leslie.
But both Leslie and Jeremy said there is always hope for an addict.
"Because sometimes I don't even think about reaching over and grabbing that pill bottle now and that's something that I thought would never happen, ever," said Leslie.
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