Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Jimi Hendrix... you know how this story ends. Opioid abuse is a serious problem not only across the United States, but specifically in the Puget Sound. Most adults who use heroin started with pain pills and gradually slipped into addiction. Prescription painkillers are a strong medicine with severe side-effects that can lead to dependence, abuse, and fatal overdoses when used improperly or when usage is poorly managed. When possible, keep all opiates outside the house.