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Prevention Presents: Lock the Cabinet

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Lock the Cabinet
Dee Washington, M.Ed. OCPS I
Manager, Prevention Education

 

Not everyone that uses pain killers turns to heroin. But just because it’s prescribed to you, don’t think that misusing or abusing pain killers can’t hurt you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data analyzed recent multiple cause-of-death mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System to track current trends and shifting characteristics of drug overdose deaths. Opioids—primarily prescription pain relievers and heroin—are the main driver of overdose deaths. Opioids were involved in 28,647 deaths in 2014 and opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 2000.

With those overdose and death numbers imagine the number of functioning users there are. Many people today, old and young alike, that look very much like you and me are struggling with this horrible addiction. Thant is why it’s so important to “Lock the Cabinet.”

Lock the Cabinet is a campaign to encourage adults to take all necessary precautions to ensure children and teens are not taking drugs that can damage their developing brains and bodies. Getting high on prescription drugs is dangerous – lock the cabinet to ensure your kids and their friends don’t have easy access.

Here are a few facts about prescription drug abuse:

  • In 2008, 1.9 million people aged 12 to 17 abused prescription medication, with 1.6 million abusing a prescription pain medication.
  • An average of 2,000 teens per day used a prescription drug without a doctor’s guidance for the first time in 2008.
  • 35 percent of high-school seniors said opioid drugs such as Vicodin or OxyContin were fairly easy or very easy to obtain.
  • Opioids, central nervous system depressants, and stimulants are the most commonly abused prescription drugs.

 


To learn more about the Lock the Cabinet campaign and their resources visit their website: http://www.lockthecabinet.com/

 

 

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Deirdre Washington, M.Ed., OCPSI 
Manager, Prevention Education

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