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Commentary: How I fell for OxyContin

In 2000, when I was 19 and having an existential and Adderall-fueled nervous breakdown, I came home from college for a long weekend and sobbed in my mother's arms. She held me and shushed me, and then - feeling like she was out of options, she'd tell me later - took out a fat, round, green pill from a bottle on her night table and bit off a small chunk. "Here," she said as she pulled me close, "Maybe this will calm you down." It did.

I didn't even ask what it was before I swallowed it, but as soon as it kicked in, I

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