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Researchers say DNA can show whether you could become a drug addict…and how to prevent it

Posted at 1:49 PM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 13:47:59-04

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - With the latest revelations about the death of music legend Prince and how addiction to painkillers likely led to his downward spiral, there's a new science that might have prevented that tragedy.

In fact, it might be able to prevent many more in the future and get addicts off the streets.

"The shootings and the robberies and all the home invasions, it's all systemic of this drug epidemic," Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen declared.

We can learn a lot about a person from their DNA, but what if DNA could tell you whether you're likely to become a future drug addict?

Well, a lab in Indiana believes they've found a way to stop addictions before they start.

"What we are launching is an addiction genetic panel that will show if someone is predisposed to being addicted to alcohol, tobacco, pain medications," Brad Moss of PC Labs announced.

Yeah, researchers say a DNA test can show how your body responds to certain painkillers, and what dosages are safe without leading you to an addiction.

"Studies do show about half of the reasons someone becomes addicted is because of your genetic predisposition," Moss said.

Well, Prince may have been found in an elevator, but it appears addiction is what brought him down.

Maybe now, DNA can bring us all back up and prevent future addictions.

Yeah, there may not be a pill that can cure every addiction, but at least this is a start!