Families Against Narcotics (FAN) warns of ‘epidemic hiding in home medicine cabinets’

From Families Against Narcotics (FAN):

THE SILENT EPIDEMIC HIDING IN HOME MEDICINE CABINETS

ABUSE, ADDICTION, AND DEATH

Chances are at some point in your life, you or a family member will be prescribed a narcotic pain reliever — Vicodin, Oxycontin, Per¬cocet, Lortab, etc. — by a physician or dentist. In fact, enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for a month (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Yet many don’t understand or under estimate the addictive nature of these medications, especially if abused. Prescription drug abuse, painkillers in particular, is the biggest drug problem facing our Nation today. For the first time in our history, the number of overdoses has surpassed automobile fatalities in nearly every state in the nation.

Most who misuse these substances, teens in particular, believe they are safer than illicit drugs because they are prescribed by a healthcare professional. Yet, prescription painkillers are synthetic-opiates, just like heroin, and are every bit as addictive and deadly when abused. For some, this addiction leads them to heroin, a cheaper more powerful alternative.

While today’s drug addiction respects no geographic, ethnic, economic, or social boundaries, there are some groups — young people and the elderly —who are most vulnerable. Prescription drugs are the #1 choice to “get high” among 12-13 year olds and 1 in 5 high school students reported misusing prescription drugs in a 2010 national survey. One of the fastest-growing populations addicted to prescription drugs are people over the age of 65.

Education is key. Come learn how to keep your loved ones safe. JOIN US | REAL PEOPLE SHARING REAL STORIES Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | 7:00 p.m.

Lapeer Ed-Tech Center 690 N. Lake Pleasant Road, Attica, MI 48412

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

  • Tina Dinnan, Lapeer FAN ChapterDirector
  • Parents Affected by Drug Abuse
  • Youth in Recovery

TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE

We all have the opportunity to become part of the solution.

• Challenge doctors and dentists to prescribe non-narcotic painkillers for you and your family

• Safeguard narcotic painkillers and dispose of unused medications responsibly

• Participate in the DEA’s Annual Drug Take-Back Day

• Talk to your children about the dangers of abusing prescription medications and heroin use

If you suspect a loved one is in trouble, seek help immediately.

Lapeer FAN Meetings:

1st Tuesday of the Month: 7:00 p.m.

St Matthews Anglican Church, 220 W. Nepessing St, Lapeer | 810.667.0119

 

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