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Prescription Drug Overdose Now Outweigh Illegal Overdose

Written by Eliza Player on Wednesday, 04 April 2012. Posted in Prescription Drugs

Prescription Drug Overdose Now Outweigh Illegal Overdose

For the first time in Carteret County, North Carolina, death from prescription drug abuse was higher than the deaths associated with illegal drug abuse.   According to , over the weekend more than 92,000 pills, needles, and patches were turned into the Carteret County Sheriff’s Department.  Police officers set up 5 locations that unused medications could be dropped off, as an effort to keep these medications out of the wrong hands.  Recently, many cities across the United States have help these prescription pill drop offs.  Carteret County sheriff Asa Buck said, “Teens can take these painkillers, legally prescribed to their parents or grandparents, and get high.  It’s exponential the number of people who are dying from prescription medication.”  In 2009, 27 people in Carteret County died from prescription pill overdose, and the Sheriff’s Department has applied for a grant to add an additional investigator to help deal with this growing problem.

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Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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