Hospitals pledge to reduce opioid prescriptions to fight addiction

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John Mabry now works for Addiction Campuses, which helps treat people who have an addiction to opioids and other substances.

Prior to his new career he spent years battling addiction that stemmed from a prescription he got after a car accident.

“Taking a prescription to a pharmacy that I got from a doctor for pain killers, it lead to over a decade of substance abuse, alcohol, it lead to extreme turmoil for my personal life and my wife and our children,” Mabry said.

He calls the pilot program in Colorado a step in the right direction, but there is a lot of work still to do.

“But now you have people who are already addicted or who are newly addicted who are going to go to less conventional means to get the drugs,” Mabry said.

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