How could this have happened? How could this typical sixteen-year-old, who less than a week earlier had left home one morning for high school, now be flirting with death by overdose?
When Rick Van Warner found himself searching abandoned buildings for his missing son, he had no idea that the synthetic, pill-form heroin that had snared his teen was already killing so many. In the years of pain and heartache that followed as he tried in vain to free his son from the grips of addiction, Van Warner discovered what the public has just recently become aware of: prescription opioids are so addictive that even short-term use can create dependency, igniting a pill and heroin epidemic that now claims over ninety American lives each day.
On Pills and Needles not only takes readers on one family's harrowing rollercoaster ride, but it is also a wake-up call and crash course in opioid addiction. A former journalist, Van Warner exposes how Big Pharma deceptively created this national crisis, then spent millions to ensure politicians did nothing to address it for nearly a decade. From the booming recovery business to the inept government policies that increased death counts by pushing the problem into the streets, this maddening epidemic only continues to worsen.
Most of all, On Pills and Needles is a heartfelt story of survival, unrelenting love, forgiveness, and acceptance. It’s an inspiring look at how families can persevere while walking alongside loved ones who are dealing with the daily agony of addiction.