Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Fighting the epidemic of prescription drug abuse in Colorado

From 9News
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says the recent overdose deaths of four young people highlight a growing problem in our state. Suthers says Colorado is about to begin a focused effort to reduce the abuse of prescription drugs.

"Colorado has a very serious prescription drug abuse problem," Suthers said. Suthers says we can expect to see a focused effort to fight this problem over the next 6 to 12 months.

Governor Hickenlooper is co-chairing the National Governors Association year-long Prescription Drug Abuse Project. The goal is to develop strategies to reduce prescription drug abuse that will cut down on this growing epidemic.

Suthers says we have more people dying from prescription drug abuse in Colorado than alcohol-related traffic accidents. 

Experts say an addiction to prescription drugs usually begins at home. "Most of these drugs are being stolen out of medicine cabinets in people's houses," Suthers said.