As deadly and dangerous as prescription drug abuse can be, there may still be those who perceive these pills as “safe” because they are prescribed by a doctor, rather than being a street drug. It is vital, especially for young people, to send a clear message that any drug can be harmful when it is not taken as directed, and that the risks of becoming addicted are just as real with pills as they are with heroin.
We must continue to encourage people to safely dispose of unused medication through drop-off points or collection drives. State police and other agencies conduct these at various times throughout the year, and we urge anyone with unused medication to take advantage of these free, no-questions-asked opportunities.
We fervently hope that additional resources can be made available to our area to combat this serious and growing problem. The will is there; we just need the means to follow through.