For Watertown’s Dr. Melanie Weiss, the road to recovery from drug addiction continues  (Audio)

May 19, 2021
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–“I didn’t want to die, but I didn’t want to live.””

Those words from Dr. Melanie Weiss, who is nearly five years removed from her arrest for stealing prescription painkillers.

Weiss became addicted to opioids after a succession of surgeries starting in 2007.

She began using prescription painkillers, which led to her low point in September 2016. She began entering neighborhood homes, unannounced, in search of drugs to feed her addiction.

On one occasion that month, she exited a home, her pockets filled with drugs, only to be greeted by police officers waiting to arrest her.

Following 70 days at a Twin Cities rehab facility, and 110 days in jail, Dr. Weiss began rebuilding her medical practice, her family, her friendships, and her own life.

She joined KWAT’s Mike Tanner and Todd Enderson today to talk about her journey. Hear the interview in its entirety be clicking below:

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