‘It saved my life’: How drug therapy helped Fargo man kick opioid addiction

FARGO — Joe Moran once spent three years living on the streets of Minneapolis. He began abusing alcohol as a teenager and later turned to methamphetamines. But his life descended into a much grimmer place when he found himself in the grip of opioids.

His opioid addiction, which ultimately led him to street drugs including heroin, started with a prescription painkiller for an injured toe.

“A sprained toe — I probably didn’t need an opiate,” he said. “That’s how my addiction started.”