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There was a time when Beth would have laughed if somebody had told her she would wind up selling herself on the streets.

She had loving parents. She had a high school degree. She was 19 and plotting her next move in life.

  Then her old friend Amber handed her a little green pill.

“It was an Oxy 80,” Beth said, using the slang for an 80-milligram tablet of the opioid painkiller Oxycodone. “She said, ‘C’mon, just try it one time.’”

Five years later, Beth was walking a seedy stretch of Sixth Avenue in Huntington and Amber was watching her back while car after car slowed down to check them out.

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Image: Nicole reacts to being disciplined by the circuit judge at the Cabell County Drug Court, April. 9, 2018, in Huntington, West Virginia.Nicole gets disciplined by the judge.Raymond Thompson / for NBC News

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