Prescription Drug Abuse and Misuse is a bitter pill to swallow…
Every 25 minutes someone dies from a prescription drug overdose.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 7 million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs — more than the number using cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and inhalants combined.
While prescription drugs provide relief to millions of people every year when used properly, the abuse of these potent and sometimes deadly drugs have become one of the gravest issues facing Hoosiers today. In 2010, 654 Hoosiers died from accidental drug overdoses according to the Indiana State Department of Health.
“This is a dangerous epidemic that is affecting every community in Indiana.”
-Dr. Joan Duwve, Chief Medical Officer, Indiana State Department of Health
This problem extends over multiple ages and income levels. It can affect a newborn baby whose mother was an addict and can also affect a world famous celebrity that seems to have it all. Prescription drug abuse knows no boundary.
In order to combat the prescription drug abuse epidemic in Indiana, Attorney General Greg Zoeller launched the first and only statewide Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force. The goal of the Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force is to significantly reduce the abuse of controlled prescription drugs and to decrease the number of deaths associated with these drugs in Indiana.
“Prescription drug overdose deaths, addiction and the non-prescription abuse of medications is an epidemic in our communities in Indiana. This complex problem requires collaboration among many with specific expertise to find comprehensive solutions. That’s why the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force pulls together key government and private organizations to work toward the common goal of saving Hoosier lives and families.”
-Attorney General Greg Zoeller
With the number of deaths from painkillers quadrupling since 1999, the task force understands it must work quickly to combat this public health crisis. Since its launch in 2012, the task force has:
Nationally, Indiana is taking an active role in combating prescription drug abuse. Congressman Todd Young has been appointed to the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse, and is supportive of the Task Force’s statewide efforts to combat the epidemic here at home.
Now it’s your turn…
You can avoid this bitter pill by getting involved and joining the fight against prescription drug abuse. It’s as easy as cleaning out your medicine cabinet, talking to your friends and family, or sharing your story.