Friday, February 1, 2013

UPC Weekly Blog 2-1-13: We've got to do more!

This week I learned of the tragic overdose deaths of two area youths.

100 people die from drug overdoses every day in the United States. Drug overdose death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990 and have never been higher. Although many types of prescription drugs are abused, there is currently a growing, deadly epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse. Nearly three out of four prescription drug overdoses are caused by prescription painkillers. 

These drugs were involved in more overdose deaths in than cocaine and heroin combined. Combining alcohol with drugs increases the risk. I’ve been sharing these facts for a while now.  We’ve got to do more. For our youth, for our parents, for ourselves. Effective strategies include universal evidence-based prevention curricula in schools, prescription drug monitoring programs, laws to prevent diversion, increased awareness and education, and better access to substance abuse evaluations and treatment.

Here at the Prevention Council we are rolling up our sleeves. Will you join us?

Cheryl DePaolo
Director of Ulster Prevention Council

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