By Bryan Juarez
Posted on 05/03/16, 12:03 pm PST
Opioid abuse is on the rise. California, saw a 200 percent increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids and a 137 percent rise in deaths from drug overdose from 2000-2014. In a recent study, RxSafe Marin noted that drug overdose surpassed the amount of deaths from automobile accidents and breast cancer combined. RxSafe Marin made a “Report Card” regarding prescription drug abuse and tracked how many people visited the hospital regarding Opioid misuse just in Marin County.
Determined to reduce drug use within the community, the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with the Marin Medical Society, and has created RxSafe Marin Prescribers and Pharmacists Committee to develop alternatives and countywide standards for the safe treatment of chronic pain. This arose because of the increase in overdoses in recent years.
RxSafe Marin created an initiative to help people of all ages stop misusing or abusing their prescribed narcotic medication and to stop distribution of drugs to teens.
An anonymous source alleges that drugs of all sorts are being sold in Marin County. High school students have been known to sell drugs to college students at Dominican, the source said.
Distributors are not thinking about the risks of age and are selling to minors, which could lead to addiction and possibly death. Opioids are highly addictive, but too often users only focus on the high.
“When I use drugs I feel free from everything. I forget about all of my problems and enter a world where I can be myself and not live by the rules society has made for us. All I want is not to be judged,” said an anonymous source. This person also commented that people who use drugs just want to relax or use something to help them forget their problems.
People should be educated about misusing prescribed drugs and the severe consequences that follow. Join an action team in your community and help organizations like RxSafe to spread the word and assist those who think are helpless.
For more information on how to recycle expired prescribed drugs visit RxSafe Marin: http://www.rxsafemarin.org