is to educate our children and their parents about prescription drug safety through prevention and recovery.
Connect the Pieces is a project of Supportive Housing and Innovative Partnerships, a local non-profit
Connecting The Pieces
LOCK UP YOUR MEDS!
In December of 2011, the National Center for Health Statistics reported that drug induced accidental deaths exceeded traffic fatalities and are now the leading cause of accidental death in the US. Ninety (90 %) of the drug related deaths are due to prescription drug abuse. Non medical use of prescription painkillers cost health insurers up to $ 72.5 billion annually in direct health care costs. (CDC, Vital Signs, November 2011)
In 2008, 15.2 million Americans age 12 and older had taken a prescription pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants or sedatives for nonmedical purposes at least once during the year. (NIDA, 2010) Prescription drugs are both effective and necessary in the treatment of various health conditions. However, the misuse of prescription drugs is dramatically rising in Idaho and the United States. Studies show that 70% of the persons misusing or abuse prescription pain killers get the medication from friends or relatives! Less than 5% get them from drug dealers or the internet.
What to do if your
already has a problem?
DON'T WAIT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
In Idaho contact:
Business Psychology Associates 1-800-922-3406 or Idaho Health and Welfare online
In All Other Areas Visit:
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA) online
for a listing of treatment centers in your area
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