Prescription drug abuse is on the rise in North Carolina and across the country. Prescription drugs such as painkillers can be highly addictive and every bit as dangerous as street drugs.
When abused or misused, prescription drugs can even be deadly. Fatal drug overdoses are now the primary cause of death due to unintentional injury in the U.S., exceeding even motor vehicle deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. According to data from the N.C. Division of Public Health
, more than 1,000 now die from prescription drug overdose each year.
Preventing Drug Abuse
To help stop prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands, take advantage of prescription drug take back events across the state during Operation Medicine Drop
. Parents should consider locking up prescription drugs in the home to protect children.
Educating Young People
Prescription drugs are the second most abused drug among young people ages 12-17. According to the National Center on Addiction and Drug Use at Columbia University, nearly nine million U.S. teens report that they can get prescription drugs illicitly within one day and 5 million say that they can get them within one hour.
Attorney General Cooper sponsors a student video competition
to help educate North Carolina teens about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.