South Dakota Stories
Opioid addiction can happen before you know it.
There are serious risks associated with taking opioids including: addiction, long-term health problems, paralysis, and death. Anyone who takes prescription opioids—even as prescribed—can become addicted to them. In fact, 1 in 4 people who are prescribed opioids struggle with addiction.
These are real-life stories from South Dakotans recovering from opioid addiction. They are featured here to help South Dakotans understand the risks of prescription opioids misuse and abuse.
“By the third surgery I started using the medication more and more to get through my day. It totally changed who I was.”
“It’s not a light switch. You cannot just turn it on or off. Addicts aren’t bad people, they’re a good person who’s on a bad path.”
Stories from around the Country
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched Rx Awareness, a powerful communication campaign featuring stories of people recovering from opioid use disorder and people who have lost loved ones to prescription opioid overdose. The Rx Awareness campaign is using these testimonials to educate the public, focusing on the dangers of prescription opioids whether used for medical or non-medical purposes.