They were homeless and hooked on heroin, and at ages 17 and 18, they were begging for help.

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The Denver Post has a story this morning about two brothers who were tired of living lives as heroin addicts. They took the typical path of most younger heroin abusers. They had an addiction to painkillers. They had legitimate injuries which provided them the painkillers, but shortly after, the McCorkle brothers were abusing as many as 50 pills a day each.

The article points out the crossover many opiate addicts make. They typically pay $5 or more a pill. At 50 a day, they were looking at a $250 a day habit. Heroin costs about $65 a day.

When addicts can’t steal it or beg for it for free, they have to pay for it. And they will turn to anything that gets them high for less money. It’s a vicious path for painkiller addicts.

Parents need to read their story. It’s a great lesson on how this works. At one point these boys loved their outdoor activities and were living the clean life. But then they took that downward spiral.

Luckily they realized they were at rock bottom. And they did something about it.

Read more of their story by clicking HERE.

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