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Pennsylvania Daughter And Mom Share The Reality Of A Decade-Long Battle With Opioid Addiction


September was established as National Recovery Month in the United States thirty-one years ago. The annual observation is a period of time that is intended to celebrate those who have entered into recovery and to promote the latest evidence-based treatments and recovery practices.

Addiction and substance abuse have always been parts of the human experience, and many parts of the United States have been ravaged by the opioid crisis over the last few decades. The 2018 National Survey on Drug and Health Use included estimates that 10.3 million people aged 12 or older have abused or misused opioids that year. Of those 10.3 million, 9.9 million people misused prescription painkillers, while 808,000 people reported using heroin.

Kris and Katie Fontes are well acquainted with the misuse and abuse of painkillers and opioids. In 2009, Katie told her mother that she was pregnant and that she had a “problem” with pain medication. This confession was the beginning of a journey that would take the mother and daughter through the deepest lows of drug addiction.

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