Mark Lucas doesn’t take small moments like playing with his daughter in the park for granted.
He knows his life could have played out differently.
“I remember sitting in the room and my mom and dad would say, ‘Should we be concerned? Are these [opioids] addictive?'” he recalled.
Lucas said his battle with addiction began in a doctor’s office when he injured his elbow in his late teens. He took them for four years “in amounts that were pretty high,” he said.
“It was easy to get prescription opioids at that time,” he explained. “It really opened my eyes to say, ‘Wow. If I could get painkillers that easy, who else could, and what was that impact, without the education on the front end to tell you how risk that could be for somebody?'”