Kevin Stevens — a two-time Stanley Cup-winning former hockey superstar — has been charged on Thursday in federal court with conspiring to sell a massive amount of a potent and heavily addictive drug: oxycodone.
According to the Boston Globe, court records show that in fall 2015, Stevens was caught and charged with conspiracy and intent to distribute oxycodone. Stevens was caught with another man, both of whom are being held until their detention hearing on Tuesday.
With musical legend Prince dying recently while looking for help with his opioid addiction, opioids seem as indiscriminate a drug as they come.
What Happened To Kevin Stevens?
A question currently circulating wherever one looks online, is simply what happened to make Kevin Stevens, a veteran and hockey superstar, resort to selling drugs?
As of today, information is still blurry and difficult to analyze, but according to the information available, we know what drug he was selling — a drug Stevens knows all too personally himself.
Stevens has been arrested several times in the past on drug-related charges, from crack cocaine to opiates. He has a long and extensive history related to drug use, an addiction that apparently started because of painkillers prescribed to him for his sports injuries.
According to the few strains of information available on him — and although he’s been in treatment, a matter he keeps highly guarded — it seems he never truly overcame his addiction.
Unfortunately, it seems Stevens is yet another statistic in this growing and worsening opioid epidemic currently plaguing the United States, one in which not even superstars are safe.
America’s Opioid Epidemic
What Kevin Stevens’ case makes all the more clear in this matter is the current growing and worsening opioid epidemic affecting cities in America, from coast to coast, regardless of age, gender, and income.
Opioids are most popularly sold as analgesic painkillers — such as OxyContin, oxycodone, Percocet, and even heroin. Currently, the United States is undergoing such a massive opioid epidemic, that deaths relating to their overdoses average out to nearly 2,000 a year, a number so high that it remains unseen since the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s.
In fact, in January 2016, a bill to increase federal funds to treatment centers battling this growing issue, was unanimously passed in the Senate and is now only awaiting approval from Congress. President Barack Obama has spoken previously about his concern over the massively underfunded and lesser-known epidemic.
One of the reasons this issue has worsened so drastically has to do with the amount of people addicted to painkillers. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 3 million Americans use prescription drugs recreationally, not counting the unreported numbers.
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