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Alone in his van, my brother died of an opiate overdose. Years of pain medication taking the ultimate deadly toll.

I knew my older brother was addicted to opiates. A back injury and some dental problems made him the ideal candidate to be prescribed long term use of opiates to treat his pain. Those prescriptions did not come with the warning from the manufacturer that Long Term Use: cause DEATH. He attempted professional drug addiction rehabilitation on numerous occasions without success. After he died his wife told me she could take him to see a dentist in Alexandria, VA who would leave prescriptions to be picked up from the front desk attendant. No appointment necessary!! It will be 10 years since he passed in September of this year (2017). I wonder if the dentist ever thinks about him. I sure do.