Thursday, July 25, 2013

From The Coloradoan: Youth athletes and the dangers of prescription drug abuse

From The Coloradoan: 

Dawn Fosket has a message for parents: Prescription drug abuse is a real problem that’s not going away.

Deaths attributed to prescription drugs nearly doubled in Colorado from 2000 to 2010, climbing from 228 to 414, according to the Denver County Sheriff’s Office. More than twice as many people in Colorado died from prescription drug overdoses in 2010 than from drunk-driving crashes.

When the next batch of statistics comes out, Fosket’s son, Mike, will be marked among those lost to a war she says parents and educators are losing. Three years after Mike graduated from Poudre High School in 2006, he suffered a serious back injury in a car wreck. The pain lingered long after the crash.

At first, Dawn said Mike medicated with prescription marijuana. Soon he moved on to recreational use of narcotic pain relievers.“Mike always had a reason or an excuse,” she said, recalling some of her discussions with Mike about multiple prescription bottles.

On Aug. 2, 2012, Mike died from an overdose.

Now Dawn is willing to do whatever it takes to prevent another Northern Colorado family from losing a member to a spreading killer.At first, Dawn said Mike medicated with prescription marijuana. Soon he moved on to recreational use of narcotic pain relievers.