Dan Torsch’s older brother John remembers. It was about 17 years ago.
“I can trace his addiction back to one 100 milligram morphine pill,” Torsch said.
They were teenagers, partying in Ocean City. Drinking, smoking weed, snorting cocaine. John offered his brother the morphine pill. The next morning John said he woke up with a hangover.
“All I wanted to do was lay on the beach, maybe smoke a joint and eat some food,” Torsch said. “What do you think the very first thing Dan asked me when he woke up? ‘You got any more of those pills?’”