In his St. Louis clinic, psychiatrist Dr. Arturo Taca sees many well-heeled patients trying to detox from heroin: doctors, lawyers, nurses. “Normal people with normal values getting addicted to heroin,” he says.
One thing they all have in common is that they have to fight the pain that comes with the symptoms of withdrawal from opioid addiction.
Brian Comer was one of those patients. In college, Comer was introduced to using prescription painkillers, like oxycodone or Vicodin, as party drugs. “It’s such an easy way in,” Comer says. “There’s no easy way out.”