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By Jeanette Steele 

March 2, 2017


Camp Pendleton Marine Jeremy Thomas had his hand blown off in Afghanistan in

2011. A year later, he was hooked on prescription painkillers. Another year

in, he had turned to street heroin and crime to support his addiction.




By 2014, Thomas was booted from the Marine Corps and headed for a

near-deadly overdose.




Now, more than two years after becoming sober, Thomas said Navy doctors'

easy prescription of habit-forming painkillers helped "burn his life down."