Deputies: Pain medication makes war on drugs even more dangerous

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- More people are turning to pain medication to get high and Shelby County Deputies say it's making the war on drugs even more dangerous.

They spoke to WREG just days after a mother of two, Ashley Frazier, blacked out on a narcotic drug called Dilaudid while her 7-month-old was in the car.

Authorities said it's a dangerous drug that can lead to more serious narcotics.

It's also something that Mark Eaton knows all too well.

"I would turn around an shoot it in my arm," he said.

Eaton agreed to speak with WREG about what it was like when he was addicted to the medication.

"I had to have it every morning before I'd even get up out of bed."

He said he used alcohol and prescription pain killers to escape reality.

"Automatically I would start feeling tired. I'd start nodding out. And eventually I'd just lay down and go to sleep."

That's what happened to Frazier over the weekend, authorities said.

The situation was eerily similar to one out of Ohio where two adults were knocked out on an alleged heroine high with a child in the back seat.

"When you get a child involved in a situation, then any member of law enforcement will tell you the rules to the games change."

In Frazier's case, the child wasn't hurt.

Frazier appeared in court on Monday and was told to come back next month with a lawyer.

"When you talk about a child, that's a different type of police work."

Lt Hubbard said the drug game is changing in Shelby County with more people using narcotics like Dilaudid until their supply runs out.

"Then you go to the street level to buying those things that give you that same type of high."

Drugs like heroin.

So far this year there have been nearly 30 heroin-related arrests in the county and at least four pounds of it seized.

That doesn't even include stats in the city.