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Kelsey Lindroth grew up in Suffolk County, Long Island, in the middle of a burgeoning heroin epidemic. She started with painkillers, and by 15, she had moved on to heroin. Now, at 24, Lindroth is sober, largely with the help of a new medication, Vivitrol, that blocks her opiate receptors. Even if she uses, she cant get high.
Every month, Lindroth receives an intramuscular injection of Vivitrol, which lasts for about 30 days. It was prescribed to her by a