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Drug overdoses trending among teens and young adults

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SPRINGFIELD, MO - Drug addiction is a huge issue in the Ozarks and we are now seeing younger generations becoming addicted. Fox 5 spoke with two ladies that say they became addicted to drugs at early ages.

Different stories, both in recovery. Bethany was 24 years old and Sammy was 17 years old when they began spiraling down the road of drug addiction.

"I overdosed, twice, on opiates says Bethany. "I almost died in my best friends arms and the doctor had narcan. If they would have waited a minute later I would have been dead.”

Sammy explains, "It was a self esteem thing for me. I had a lot of insecurities and issues with myself and it was feeling that void for me.”

Sammy says the type of music she would listen to had an influence in her drug addiction. "Thee rappers talking about using, that’s a big influence on people. Rap was a big influence on me.”

Peer pressure, wanting to be popular, and looking cool are other factors of drug use. Bethany says when you, do, choose recovery it’s a day by day process. "Everybody is going through things and there are plenty of programs, people to reach out to; family and friends and community.”

When you’re ready for recovery don’t expect it to be easy. "When I do have cravings I call the people that hold me accountable," explains Sammy. "I have a roommate that holds me accountable and my family holds me accountable.”

On the road to recovery, both Bethany and Sammy say life is better drug free. If you or someone you know has a drug problem there are multiple locations in Springfield to seek help.

  • Springfield Recovery Community Center (417) 368-0852
  • Heartland Center for Behavioral Change (417) 866-3293
  • Center for Addictions Cox North (417) 269-2273
  • Mercy Behavioral Health (417) 820-2000
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