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Exchange Exemplar: A first-person story of being 'Strung Out'

It was a fairly short journey for Erin Khar from trying her grandmother's painkillers to experimenting with heroin. She was 13 when she first took a shot, and bumped along that way for 15 more years before getting sober.

By her own admission, Khar's childhood was picture-perfect. So what made her seek releases in cutting herself, then in drugs? She tells the story in the book Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies That Nearly Killed Me.

The author joined us in 2020 to talk about the book and the big chunk of her life it represents.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.