We are losing 14,000 Americans a year to prescription painkiller abuse alone. Tragically, many of these are our children who don't know better than to try out a few pills from a pill bottle that was left within reach.
(PRWEB) April 04, 2013
Narconon International has just released its new parents’ guide to prevent prescription drug abuse – 10 Things Parents May Not Know about Prescription Drugs -- the first copies being handed out at the Narconon booth at the 2013 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Orlando, Florida. Copies of the new Narconon booklet were rushed to this venue to provide lawmakers, government agency staff, and those in the treatment and prevention field attending the conference a first look at this new, basic educational tool.
Addiction to prescription drugs has proven in recent years to be the most dangerous and fatal epidemic for Americans. Just last year, the number one cause for accidental death was opiate pharmaceutical overdose, passing deaths from drunk driving which for years sadly held the lead, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Orlando National Rx Drug Abuse Summit is confronting this issue with addresses by leaders in prevention from many fields. The vital importance of the issue was emphasized by the roster of experienced and prestigious speakers, including the current directors of the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Yvonne Rodgers, Narconon Eastern US Continental Executive Director attending the conference, said, “One thing we all agree on is that no one should lose his life because he didn’t realize that pharmaceutical drugs were so dangerous. We realize it is up to us at Narconon to help prevent deaths and addiction through widespread education as well as rehabilitation.”
For this very reason, Narconon International has launched a campaign to help bring parents up to speed on their vital role in protecting their children from experimentation with pharmaceuticals. "There's even a kid's term for it now," said Rodgers, "pharming parties, or grabbing handfuls of whatever is in the house's medicine cabinet and sharing them around. One of this, one of that, per person."
Many parents talk to their children about marijuana and alcohol, but too many don't know how urgent it is that they now add prescription drugs to the conversation. "Frankly, many parents themselves could use some education on the effects of these drugs, even what the names of the commonly-abused drugs are,” stated Clark Carr, president of Narconon International. “To make it simple, we have published an easy guide for parents, 10 Things Parents May Not Know about Prescription Drugs. We are losing 14,000 Americans a year to prescription painkiller abuse alone. Tragically, many of these are our children who don't know better than to try out a few pills from a pill bottle that was left within reach. 'Hey, they're medical. They must be okay.' ”
The booklet is free and easily accessible via download at http://www.narconon.org/drug-abuse/10-things-prescription-drugs.html.
This is the second in a series of Narconon drug education “10 Things" booklets. The first of the series was “10 Things Your Friends May Not Know about Drugs.” The third in the series, “10 Things Your Friends May Not Know about Marijuana,” is scheduled for release in April 2013. The first booklet has been translated and distributed in a dozen languages.
Narconon drug rehab program graduates and their parents are already reading the pharmaceutical 10 Things and have been contacting the international office in Los Angeles with their comments. Particularly poignant were stories from those who had survived addiction to prescription drugs, some nearly dying before they came to Narconon drug rehabilitation centers.
Joanne Beeninga from McAlester, Oklahoma helped her drug-addicted niece find the Narconon rehab program at Narconon Arrowhead. “The Narconon program," she said, "has already saved my niece’s life by helping her get sober at last. I’m delighted to see Narconon continuing to help others by publishing this prescription drug abuse guide. When it reaches parents, they will better understand how to talk to their children about these drug dangers.”
Jeff Geier graduated from the Narconon program in Denham Springs, Louisiana. When he heard about this booklet, he stated, “Prescription drugs almost ended my life. Thank God for Narconon because my road was straight to hell. I had to go through a lot before I was given the opportunity to actually live a sane, sober life after I graduated from the Narconon rehab program. I’m grateful that Narconon International is making it possible for young people to avoid the pain and addiction I went through for fifteen years. Wish I had known this stuff, really.”
“At Narconon centers around the world, we are doing everything we can to reduce or eliminate problems of drug abuse and addiction,” added Carr. “We will be getting this booklet into as many hands as possible so that parents can prevent these tragedies close to home.”
For more information on Narconon rehabilitation or prevention services, call 1-800-775-8750.