A prescription turned the straight-A student into a spiraling addict.

When she was just 16, Laura Scala was prescribed oxycodone for a high school lacrosse injury.

The prescription turned the straight-A student into a spiraling addict.

"I was a good kid, student government president, and then I had a sports-related injury," said Scala. "To say that time was a misery would literally be putting it lightly."

Scala's addiction lasted for 13 years, describing it as "bitter" and "miserable."

The turning point was when the young mom overdosed with her then three-year-old daughter in the car.

"That definitely shook me," admitted Scala. "I could either die right here or I could give living life a shot."

Scala chose the latter and made a commitment to get clean, but the journey was difficult.

"Initially for me it was a battle of the wills," said Scala. "Every single day my mind changed like the weather. I wanted recovery, I didn't want recovery. Plus, I was battling withdrawal symptoms so that was a hindrance."

But the 32-year-old pushed on and has been sober now for nearly two years.

She shared her harrowing story Thursday night at an opioid forum in Chili.

Families who attended tell Messenger Post's news partner, News10NBC these types of stories are why they come, hoping to learn more about the epidemic plaguing families.

"I have two grandsons that are teenagers and it scares me to death to know all of this is going on in the community," said grandmother and Gates resident Rose Martin.

So far this year, nearly 800 people have overdosed and more than 100 have died.

The disease is showing no signs of slowing down but neither does this strong group of advocates which includes law enforcement and those in recovery.

"My life is so dramatically different it's unbelievable," admitted Scala. She tells News10NBC she's becoming a certified recovery coach, is a volunteer peer advocate, is active in her daughter's life and schooling and is also going back to school.

"Life isn't by any means easy but it's so much prettier on this side," said Scala. "It's just worthwhile now."

On Friday, there will also be a service to honor victims lost to the opioid crisis.

The event is at Mother of Sorrows Church on 5000 Mt. Read Blvd.

Opiate Service of Hope and Healing guest speakers include Becky Baker of SOARS, Father Bill Coffas of Mother of Sorrows and David Attridge with Gates to Recovery.

The event will start at 5:30 p.m.