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Opiate overdoses: Painkillers’ toll steadily rising in Bay Area
The Mercury News

Randy Davis, a 53-year-old laborer, was taking various painkillers for a shoulder injury that didn’t get better after surgery. As the pain worsened, the Castro Valley resident began crushing the pills, then snorting them to get instant relief.

In May 2013, his sister found him slumped over on his bed after he overdosed on the pills. By the time the ambulance arrived, Davis was dead.