Hooked on a high: America's prescription drug abuse problem
'Geraldo at Large' investigates epidemic
- Duration 4:54
- Date Jan 7, 2013
'Geraldo at Large' investigates epidemic
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I was fourteen -- saudis -- Nazis presidents of them for a while a source of meat.
-- lose it's -- doings and actions that -- the purchase us.
Trigger social and talked to -- Jan Lex and Joseph are typical teenagers with a dark past.
They're drug experiment went awry when they found themselves addicted to OxyContin.
An opiate that took over their young lives.
Trying to get clean in my on a bunch of times and Mike.
Attendance Aaron as they are really bad with -- And just recently in April might this past year started using heroin but to start on heroin.
Because it's cheaper and amp I Aniston have enough money through the amount of pills and it's again on.
Middle class suburban kids who stole pills from their parents medicine cabinets.
Pulverized a popular painkiller snorting and injecting the drug for a more intense high people snorted.
And then it ends up to use our -- and then and then I've seen I sure hope Democrats -- -- 20000 overdose deaths are attributed to prescription drug abuse OxyContin in particular.
And there has been a dramatic uptick in drug related crime -- script.
-- drug abuse many of you know.
Is now the nation's fastest growing drug problem.
Item June 201133.
Year old David -- burst into a Medford Long Island pharmacy looking for painkillers.
And his desperation.
They shot for victims to death execution style over 111000.
-- -- -- -- were missing following the shooting one sentence of four consecutive life terms they -- recognition of prescription pill abuse and doctor shopping.
New Jersey's Essex County sheriff.
-- -- -- -- They're desperate for -- we have.
Good crimes around pharmacies irks them onto the roof over 7000 crime Garofalo is over the last few years I see an oxy CM and heroin and you see in the guns all combines all combined don't want -- -- that is very unusual to go in -- to go out there -- the cannot come back with the with the guns and a some kind of prefer from drug involvement and it's a long one all the other stuff through the traditional -- heroin now this is going to be a very serious problem.
-- December 20 ninth -- New York City.
27 year old Morgan Gelman and her boyfriend 31 year old Aaron green you won't rest and -- police uncovered explosives and paper's title didn't -- -- encyclopedia.
In their Greenwich Village apartment.
They had Syrian sort of thought.
Twelve gauge shotgun they have and over and under.
Ruger shotgun they have think sixty shotgun shells.
According to our FaceBook page -- and attended the Dalton prep school and studied at NYU.
Cops say green has a different pedigree serving time -- 2005 assault conviction.
He was arrested in February for alleged possession of a semiautomatic rifle heroin and prescription drugs or.
We're winning run in the elicit demand drug manufacturers change the formula of OxyContin pills making them harder -- views.
But that only hasten to switch to cheaper easier to get heroin according to these kids.
So I -- the heroin and after that my life literally just think revolved around getting half Caroline -- and give money.
Nothing mattered but -- is just going to get -- for the day and that that's all that was important to me.
Your full blown jumpy and we know that there's a physical need you have to have -- in order to feel straight.
Yes salute -- the 21 century heroin epidemic so serious that new Jersey's tough governor Chris Christie.
Has established a task forced to confront the issue through my friends thought noise Christian morals from -- overdose.
Ryan Camarillo -- top New Jersey is treating these addicted teens and many others.
-- it seems from listening to these kids that.
-- cotton has created.
The new heroin -- Oh absolutely absolutely I mean -- -- and part -- any year opiate prescription drugs.
Nine times that at ten -- in two heroin addiction a full blown -- and addiction every.
Audit our nose hooked on heroin -- at all linens from tools to heroin they -- my town the school heroin high.
Heroin high they really thought -- I cracked exactly.
They these kids told -- that there are thirteen and fourteen year -- who are using heroin.
And a lot of them have had -- -- from sharing needles most of them started abusing pills.
And this isn't restricted to teenagers has spoken to soccer moms and started using oxy is painkillers and found themselves addicted.
A Doctor Who practice in my community for thirty years.
Is -- to trial in March federal prosecutors say he was running a pill mill the -- -- up to 300000.
Dollars a month.
One of the people that was arrested was a retired couple.