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How painkillers can turn high school athletes into drug addicts

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The epidemic of opioid abuse in America extends into high schools, where teens provided painkillers for sports-related injuries sometimes spiral into addiction. Spotlighting the issue, TODAY correspondent Jenna Bush Hager interviews a former football player who was spending up to $200 a day on painkillers and turned to less expensive heroin, as well as a high school swimmer now on the road to recovery.