When Painkilling Becomes an Addiction for Athletes

Dr. Tom Wright of Rosecrance and Mike Stine of Naperville Central High School were featured in USA Today articles.

A special report in USA Today High School Sports highlights the dangers young athletes face of becoming addicted to prescription painkillers after an injury. Dr. Tom Wright of Rosecrance talks about adolescents and their vulnerability to addiction. Coach Mike Stine of Naperville Central High School discusses his own experiences with his son’s addiction and what parents can do to prevent substance abuse problems for their child. Also featured is former NBA player Chris Herren who talks about his struggles with prescription painkillers and heroin.

To read “Coach whose son endured addiction urges parents to get to the root of the problem” CLICK HERE.

To read “When painkilling becomes an addiction for young athletes” CLICK HERE.

To see Chris Herren tell his story in person, please consider purchasing tickets to our fundraiser “Launch to Life.” Proceeds from the benefit will help support a groundbreaking new Rosecrance center in Chicago offering young adults who are struggling with substance abuse the opportunity to heal, mature and become grounded in recovery.