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Opiate prescriptions skyrocket in Minnesota

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For the past 20 years, 39-year-old Esko native Clay Pirkola has had a drug problem. For the past 10 years, those drugs have been prescription narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin, Vicodin and methadone.

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Even though those narcotics - also called opioids - are highly controlled and can only be obtained through a doctor's prescription, Pirkola said during the time he was hooked on them he never had a problem getting his hands on any pill he wanted.

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