WOODBURY - The Father's Day murders at a Medford pharmacy has pushed the prescription-pill addiction crisis into the spotlight, with many on Long Island debating how bad the problem is.

When abused, certain pills can be as addicting and dangerous as any illegal drug. For example, hydrocodone and oxycodone are opiates and very similar to heroin.

Doctors and pharmacists say over the past few years they've seen a significant spike in the number of prescriptions for pain medication.

Three former addicts who spoke to News 12 Long Island say once you're hooked, it's not hard to keep a steady supply of pills pouring in.

To watch an extended interview with a 22-year-old recovering drug addict, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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