In the last few months, Clay County, Florida has fallen into the clutches of prescription drugs, and the real victims are the kids. According to ActionNewsJax.com, the number of children removed from homes in Clay County because of substance abuse has gone up 45% in the last year.
David Abramowitz, Northeast Director for the Florida Department of Children and Families, said, "We really have ourselves a challenge right now. If it gets worse, I may not have the beds to be able to do it." He said they have removed eighty kids within the last three months.
A 34-year-old mother of three, who wanted to remain anonymous, claims she knows the prescription drug problem well because ten months ago she was there. She said, "It's to make it through the day. It's survival. That pill is your survival." She was addicted to anti-anxiety pills and claims to not even remember much from those days because she lived in a black out.
It wasn't until DCF threatened to take away permanent custody of her kids, that she straightened up. She said, "I had hit rock bottom. It was a big wake-up call." As experts try to figure out why this epidemic has struck Clay County so hard, this mother offers up an idea. She said, "Clay County is small. There are a lot of back dirt roads where there's nothing else to do."
Abramowitz thinks the epidemic is fueled because there is less of a stigma with prescription drug abuse. He said, "When you think of cocaine or when you think of heroin, we all think bad. But everyone thinks prescription drugs are okay, they're legal."
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