ANNANDALE, Va. (WUSA) - "I went into my parent's medicine cabinet and took a bottle of Percocet," described Caitlin Acosta, 24, about the first time she thought about taking drugs. She was 12 years old.
"I just remember the principal saying, this is bad, really bad," said Acosta who was charged with a felony for narcotics possession and suspended from school for two weeks.
"I started smoking pot in the 7th grade. And drinking," Acosta explained. She said that after she got in trouble, her self-esteem and self-worth fell. Her friends dropped away and she started hanging out with the "bad kids."
Acosta is a resident of Falls Church and a graduate of George Mason High School, where her alcohol and drug additions only got worse. She was a cheerleader in high school, but kept on smoking marijuana. Then she started selling her prescription Adderall.