The abuse of prescription drugs is becoming more and more common...
Overdose drug deaths by prescription painkillers are now the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio. Muskingum Behavioral Health's Steve Carrel said it's becoming a lot easier for people to get ahold of prescription drugs.
"From surveys that have been done, most people, especially young people, start using opiates that they get from family, friends... not a doctor. It's not the seedy drug dealer...
Appalachian Ohio sits above the state average for prescribed painkillers.
Muskingum County Behavioral Health's Steve Carrel said the higher than normal numbers could partly be due to pill mills.
"Part of the problem for Appalachian Ohio was the pain mills of Southern Ohio," said Carrel. "Many of whom are out of business. I saw a chart that shows the largest drop in prescribed opiates is actually in Southern Ohio where those clinics were."
Marijuana use is on the rise, especially among young adults.
According to a national survey conducted by the Substance Abuse Health Service Administration the use of illicit drugs increased between 2008 and 2010, revealing that 8.9% of the population were current illicit drug users. Marijuana seemed to be one of the prime factors in the overall rise.
"The medical marijuana efforts to pass in various states and that whole argument decreases young peoples attitudes that there...
"Drunkorexia" - - a non-medical term but one that is becoming increasingly more common among college campuses and health officials.
It's the combination of binge drinking and anorexic behavior. Executive Director of Muskingum Behavioral Health Steve Carrel said it's a disorder where an individual skimps on food calories during the day so that they are free to drink heavily that night without the guilt of taking in too many calories.
It was 30 years ago that a local organization started to help people in our community with substance abuse problems.
In 1981 Muskingum Behavioral Health began developing programs to address the issues of drug and alcohol abuse. The organization began with only three employees, one of which is now Executive Director, Steve Carrell. Carrel said it's a constant battle, the drugs change but the goal doesn't.
"It keeps growing, and we're trying to treat as best we can as...