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High school athletes’ opioid use a growing concern

BECKLEY, W.Va. — As Americans have learned in the past few years, the opioid epidemic affects people from all walks of life, from all geographic regions and from all age groups. Perhaps one under-discussed age group in the epidemic, however, is high schoolers — specifically student athletes.

Young athletes are often prescribed opioid painkillers for sports injuries, which can not only relieve pain, but can also cause euphoria, according to Narconon.com.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey talked Friday with The Register-Herald about his office’s efforts to bring awareness to this facet of the epidemic…

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