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      Addicted To Painkillers: Part 2

      On Wednesday, FOX UP Reporter Kelsey Niemisto introduced us to Keisha, a 17-year-old addicted to prescription medication.

      She's in rehab for the fourth time.

      Now we revisit Keisha's story, but now we'll find out why and how she became addicted to drugs.

      Keisha's story is a very complex, and heart-wrenching one.

      We already learned that she is addicted to injecting Suboxone, a prescription medication used mainly to treat narcotic addictions.

      However, Keisha was abusing the drug and relishing the high the medication gave her after injection.

      But now, we'll show you a different side of Keisha.

      The girl who just wanted to fit in, and went too far.

      "In my heart I know I don't want to die. In my head I just keep telling myself that I'd be better off if I was dead. But, so I'm just trying to get better. I don't want to use a needle anymore and I don't really want to do drugs anymore. I'm 17 and I have no progress in life. I have nothing to say 'I did this, I accomplished this.' I dropped out of high school. I'm a high school drop out needle junkie. And I don't want that title anymore," said Keisha.*

      Keisha* says she had a really lonely childhood, despite having seven sisters and three brothers.

      She says she doesn't even know half of them, because her father has been married four times and hasn't spoken to her since she was ten.

      Keisha's* parents divorced when she was two years old, and she says she doesn't remember much about it.

      Then, when she turned 12, everything changed.

      She started going to parties, and using alcohol and drugs for the first time.

      "All sorts of reasons. Trying to fit in, make friends. You don't have to feel anything. Be emotionally numb all the time."

      Keisha* says she entered rehab the first time court-ordered, after receiving a minor in possession for alcohol.

      She says the first round of rehab had no effect.

      But then came the drugs.

      Now in rehab for the fourth time, Keisha* is determined to get sober.

      "That just goes to show how addiction does get worse. Because I went from being her for drinking occasionally to here I shoot up everyday," said Keisha*.

      Addiction Medicine Specialist Dr. John Lehtinen says one of the reasons the drug problem is so bad is because of availability.

      "Prescription drugs are readily available, and so many people get on them very quickly, and if they're in that vulnerable age when they start using, it just progresses from there," said Dr. Lehtinen.

      But now, Keisha* says she is finally coming to terms with how bad her addiction has become.

      She says she has dreams of completing her G.E.D., and getting a degree in addiction medicine to become a drug addiction specialist.

      She says once she overcomes her addiction, she wants to be able to help others in their struggles.

      "I mean, I can make it better. It's my life, I've got to do something. Otherwise I'm just going to be miserable. I don't want to be miserable," said Keisha.*

      Keisha* is still in rehabilitation at Great Lakes Recovery Centers.

      She'll still be there for a while, since substance abuse recovery generally takes around 21 weeks, and when we first spoke with her she had only been in rehab for two days.

      We wish her all the best in her future endeavors, and wish her a speedy recovery.