WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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bad can it be?" But the insidious hold these prescription opiates can exert cannot be overstated. "All opiates are addicting: Vicodin, Oxycontin, many of the prescription pain - killers," says Chief Cunningham. "There is a new statistic that says that 80 percent of all heroin users came to heroin through painkillers." But most users of harder drugs don't start there. Dr. Joseph Strand is Medical Director of The Castle, a residential treatment center in Brockton for 13- to 18-year-olds who are struggling with substance abuse. "Ninety-nine point nine percent of my clients report using marijuana or alcohol, though mostly marijuana, before using opiates. For most young people, opiate prescription drugs are not the gateway, they are a stepping stone." According to some, the new, relaxed rules for marijuana possession only exacerbate the 102 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 4 Bad Habits 99.9% of my clients report using marijuana or alcohol, though mostly marijuana, before using opiates. For most young people, opiate prescription drugs are not the gateway, they are a stepping stone. – D r. J o s e p h S t r a n d M e d i c a l D i r e c t o r o f T h e C a s t l e

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