By Andrew Blankstein
Tracey Helton's descent into the world of opiates began at 17, when she had her wisdom teeth pulled and was prescribed Vicodin.
Not long after, she began shooting heroin. Then came a fateful move to San Francisco, periods of homelessness, a featured role in an HBO documentary about heroin addicts and an overdose that nearly killed her.
Today, the mother of three is 15 years clean and an advocate for expanded health care options for drug abusers, especially access to the opiate overdose antidote naloxone. She has good reason: Helton says it saved her life during her darkest days of drug addiction. Read the full article here. »