Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, and you can find stories from people like Ann Marie, whose 20-year-old son became addicted to opioids in only five days. He wasn’t someone who had used other drugs and moved onto opioids. He was prescribed the drugs after a minor car accident.
Sometimes we have a preconceived notion of how a person develops an opioid use disorder. They may be perceived as weak or uneducated, or as someone who used other drugs previously and “moved up” to heroin. None of these perceptions are accurate. Literally anyone can become addicted to opioids.