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“How many pain medications are you taking?” That question changed the life of Travis Rieder.

After a motorcycle accident, Rieder was prescribed and took too many pills for too long. He soon found himself with a profound dependency.

Because of his experience, he was determined to discover why the health care system is “so bad at dealing with prescription opioids.”

Rieder discussed his addiction and journey during a presentation Monday hosted by the Duane Dean Behavioral Health Center in Kankakee. The event was held at Olivet Nazarene University.

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