Opioid addiction is tearing families apart at rates never before seen. Some addicts are stitching their lives together with lots of help, while others are seemingly struggling as they look to get clean on their own.
Hear from addicts, educators, addiction program professionals and street-level activists on just how prevalent — and dangerous — the opioid crisis is in the Central Texas community.
Spectrum News presents Lone Star Crisis: The Opioid Epidemic Wednesday, May 16 beginning at 7 p.m. Following the special, at 8 p.m., join us for a live town hall with local law enforcement representatives, affected families and addiction specialists, who will focus on possible solutions to the problem. You can catch a re-air with the town hall on Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m. and on Monday, May 21 at 8 p.m.
Opioids are a class of drugs naturally found in the opium poppy plant, including heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine and many others.
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, opioids are often used as medicines because they contain chemicals that relax the body and can relieve pain. Opioids can cause people to feel "high" and are very addictive. According to the NIDA, heroin is one of the world's most dangerous opioids.