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NFL star talks about prescription drug abuse

Posted at 8:50 AM, May 03, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-03 10:50:51-04

Prescription painkiller abuse is a growing problem in the United States.  In 2010, 12 million Americans reported misuse of prescription drugs.

Former NFL Quarterback Ray Lucas speaks about his experience facing a pain pill addiction with Good Day Utah on Thursday.  Also joining the conversation is Dr. Carlos Tirado, an addiction psychiatrist.

Lucas says that he was up to nearly 800 pills a month before he finally had successful back surgery.  He entered rehab after the surgery and says he has been sober ever since.  Watch the video to see the complete interview.