030921 A firsthand account of how I kicked opioids after suffering a traumatic lower back injury in the line of duty. By Russ Cox, Retired SPD Sgt[1].

This is my story of how I kicked opioids. While at work during the winter of 2008 I fell and crushed the vertebrae in my lower back. The pain was incredible. It felt like the air went out of my upper body. That was in December. Since L& I was involved all the I’s had to be dotted and the T’s crossed so due to the waiting time for the claim to be processed. I was not operated on until April 15th.