By Pat Aussem, LPC, MAC, Parent Support Coach
A new interactive tool, From RX to Heroin, developed by the Medicine Abuse Project, illustrates how easy it is to progress from the abuse of
prescription medications, especially opiates like Oxycontin, Fentanyl, Roxicodone, Vicodin, and Percocets, to heroin. The information is also available as a PDF download.
I am currently working with a caller who suspected that her daughter was abusing more than marijuana, but was unsure of what the other substances might be. She recently found out that her daughter had taken her husband's hydrocodone script, supposedly "took only one" and sold the rest. We discussed the potential progression of use based upon her daughter's behaviors, but this tool does a great job of spelling it out in more detail with the associated risks.