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Minnesota's opioid crisis: Many problems begin with a prescription


December 28, 2017

Every opioid addiction has a starting point.

For many, that first dose comes in the form of a prescription medication.

That was the case with Dr. Angie Rake’s brother. At age 26 he was prescribed the opioid painkiller Percocet while undergoing cancer treatment. His body became physically dependent on the drug, which led to addiction. The last Rake knew, her brother was living on the streets of Seattle, addicted to heroin.


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