This Tiny Plastic Implant May Disrupt America’s Opioid Addiction Problem

Published: Nov 18, 2016

It was only after Sarah Wilson’s parents accused her husband of stealing from them that she came clean about her opioid problem. The Jacksonville mother of four was hit by a drunk driver in 2008, leaving her with significant nerve damage in her back. Wilson worked as a police dispatcher and her insurance was good and publicly funded, but eventually she had to give up her career as the pain became too much for her to bear.

“It got to the point where my legs were giving out from under me,” Wilson said. “I couldn’t feel my hands. I lost my health insurance and eventually my doctor told me I couldn’t afford treatments anymore, but I could afford narcotic painkillers.”

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