GAMBIER — A large segment of the population addicted to heroin today started on their path to addiction through prescription drugs.

Reginald Fields, director of external and professional relations for the Ohio State Medical Association, told attendees of the 2017 Knox Addiction Conference on Wednesday that an estimated 75 percent of drug users addicted to opiate-based drugs got hooked beginning with legal pain drugs like Vicodin or Oxycodone.

“We know of the people who are addicted today, a lot of them started with a pill,” Fields said.

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