Ohio’s Push Against Prescription Painkiller Abuse

by Danielle Cotterman on February 1, 2012 at 5:13 am

Ohio’s Governor is launching a campaign geared toward reducing prescription drug abuse by highlighting the stories of those who have been impacted by the addictions.

According to Muskingum Behavioral Health Executive Director Steve Carrel prescription pain killer abuse has hit an all time high, with more overdoses than any other drug, including cocaine or heroin.

"Contrary to what most people think, as far as getting it from a prescription, the vast majority of pain killers are obtained from friends and relatives, free of charge," said Carrel.

Carrel said 17% of prescription drugs are stolen- while only 5% are actually prescribed by a doctor.

The new state-wide push to bring awareness to the abuse will promote the stories of people who’ve lost loved ones to prescription pain killers.

"That’s the real story, kids are loosing their parents, moms and dads are loosing their sons and daughters, or loosing their cousins, or loosing aunts and uncles," expressed Carrel.

The web site will also include details on addiction and mental health boards in each county and a link for treatment options.

For more information visit, www.dontgetmestartedohio.org.