Injuries Can Put Teen Athletes on Path to Addiction

(NBC News, Dec. 5) High school athletes are susceptible to drug abuse even without peer pressure: through sports. John Haskell, a high school football player, had experienced four concussions from the game. The fourth time, the doctor prescribed him Vicodin. By 15, he was hooked on drugs. He moved to a heroin addiction. Now 18, he's sober, but other injured athletes aren't as lucky. Patients should think twice about taking a powerful prescription to treat pain, and consider other options for treatment. READ MORE.