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Temple says opioids and heroin are "chemically and pharmaceutically the same drug. They come from the same plant, they produce the same high, and they lead to the same addiction."


Temple says he's troubled that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has over the years allowed companies to manufacture more and more opioids.


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The source of drugs like heroin is "constantly changing" Temple says, "because as soon as you clamp down on one source, another one comes about.


At some point around 2010 to 2012 things began to change and a lot of addicts found themselves switching from legal pain killers to heroin, Temple says.


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ADDICTION AND AMERICA'S 'I-WANT-EVERYTHING-NOW' CULTURE


Allen believes there's a unique cultural element behind the massive drug addiction problem in the U.S.


"The number one cause of addiction is lack of self-esteem," she says. "That's my personal opinion."


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"We see over and over again, parents not giving children consequences," she says.


Also, some parents work long hours and, out of guilt for not spending enough time with their kids, will give them money or will not punish them when appropriate.


When asked what she would do if her son were alive today, Allen says Broncos Chad Kelly Jersey , "I would get him out of the country. I would take him to Portugal, Italy, Spain, go to a country that has changed its orientation on how they treat this disease. They treat it as a disease. And they have programs that run three to five years, where you live in a community...but their orientation is to help heal the person," she says.


In stark contrast, most drug rehab programs in the United States only last for around 30 days, and often the government still sees the problem as one of law enforcement rather than a health issue.


PARENTS OF DRUG ADDICTS - 'IT'S HELL'


When asked what it's like to be the parent of someone with addiction issues, Allen says Broncos Brendan Langley Jersey , "that's what's going to make me tear up - it' s hell," she says, tears beginning to stream from her eyes and voice shaking.


"There' s no other way to describe it," she says, as this reporter hands her a tissue and she wipes tears from her eyes.


"It's a roller coaster ride," she says, explaining that there was always a lot of unpredictability.


"He's ok, now he's not ok. Oh, he's in jail. Now he' s safe. Oh Broncos Carlos Henderson Jersey , he's out of jail, he's ok. Now he's not," she says, adding that her son had

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