Patricia Ward has earned her GED and enrolled in college. (Jeff Bobo/NET News Service)
ROGERSVILLE — Patricia Ward's six-year downward spiral into drug addiction began with a doctor's reference to a "pain clinic" for medication to help her back.
Six years later, she was desperately addicted to pills.
When police arrested her in March of 2013, she was alone in her parked car injecting Opana, one of the most addictive pain narcotics in existence.
Ward was charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics, possession of Schedule IV narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license and failure to show proof of insurance.
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