Sept. 18, 2021 – Murdaugh’s attorneys have said their client suffers from an oxycodone addiction and was attempting to get off drugs when he started thinking about suicide. It’s unclear how his drug dependence began, and a lawyer for Murdaugh did not respond to questions about whether he previously sought treatment for his addiction or whether his family and his colleagues knew the extent of it.

Opioid experts said painkiller addiction can get expensive, particularly after federal authorities and states like South Carolina have cracked down on prescriptions and sales through drug monitoring programs, which have inadvertently pushed addicted people into the black market.

For instance, 20 milligram oxycontin pills could cost around $25 each, Andrews said.


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