In Garrett County alone, 20% of our students have admitted to taking a prescription drug without a doctor’s order. This is where the danger begins.
Visiting this website was a great first step in joining the cause. But, you can’t stop here. Our community has many valuable resources to help those struggling with addiction.
How you can help - Keeping our loved ones and our community safe from opioid use and abuse is a shared responsibility. It’s time we all step up.
Pain med addiction is a city problem, and a rural problem. It’s a rich problem, and a poor one. It’s a white problem, and a black problem. It goes after your children with the same ferocity that it targets your parents. It may even decide to take you out. It’s a killer and it’s getting bigger. We already know you’re concerned. Now, tell us what you’re willing to do about it.
20 percent of our students have admitted to taking a prescription drug without a doctor’s order.
70 percent of drug abusers get pain medications by stealing from family.
70 percent of people say getting their hands on pain medications to get high is easy.
Opioid addition, pain medicine abuse and heroin dependency, are city problems, and rural problems. They’re a problem for the rich and the poor. These drugs don’t discriminate. Addiction goes after your children with the same ferocity that it targets your parents and grandparents. It may even decide to take your life. They’re killers and the problem is getting bigger. We already know you’re concerned. Now, tell us what you’re willing to do about it.
Misuse of prescription drugs is becoming a very real problem in Garrett County. Overdose deaths have increased by more than 60% in Maryland in just five years. Even scarier, 85% of all ODs in 2014 were directly linked to pain med abuse. These are serious numbers and the problem is only getting worse, right here in our back yard.
What specific drugs are we talking about? Opioids. This term refers to a family of drugs that are traditionally used to treat pain. They are common prescriptions found in almost every household. They go by complicated-sounding names like Vicodin, Oxycodone, Darvon, Dilaudid, Demorol and Fentanyl. Effects of their misuse aren’t complicated at all. These drugs can be fatal.
The choice is yours. Do you stand on the sidelines and watch these “good” drugs rob those around you of their health and lives, or is it time to stand up and help? We need you.