State of Addiction: Local substance abuse prevention group holds forum to educate students

State of Addiction: Local substance abuse prevention group holds forum to educate students

September 24, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION GROUP HELD A FORUM TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT THE DANGERS OF OPIOID ADDICTION. KOCO’S CRYSTAL PRICE HAS THE STORY. CRYSTAL: STUDENTS HERE AT METRO TECH GAINED SOME INSIGHT INTO THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. THEY HEARD FROM EXPERTS AS WELL AS PEOPLE WHO HAVE DEALT WITH ADDICTION FIRSTHAND.>>ADDICTION IS A VERY SERIOUS DISEASE. CRYSTAL: OPIOID ADDICTION SURVIVORS LIKE DALLAS NIMSEY HELD NOTHING BACK AS HE SPOKE TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE AT METRO TECH ABOUT THE DANGERS OF OPIOID ADDICTION.>>IT’S THE ONLY DISEASE THAT WILL TELL YOU THAT NOTHING’S GROUND. CRYSTAL: DALLAS WAS A MEMBER OF A PANEL OF SURVIVORS AND EXPERTS WHO TALKED ABOUT HOW SOME DON’T’ REALIZE THE DANGERS OF DEVELOPING AN ADDICTION.>>SINCE THESE MEDICATIONS ARE PRESCRIBED BY A PHYSICIAN, THEY ARE FDA APPROVED, IT IS SOMEHOW THOUGHT THAT THESE MEDICATIONS CAN BE TAKEN UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES AND THEY ARE SAFER THAN SAY ILLICIT OR ILLEGAL DRUGS. CRYSTAL: BUT ONCE SOMEONE DEVELOPS AN ADDICTION THE CONSEQUENCES CAN BE DEADLY. IT’S AN ADDICTION IMPACTED HUNDREDS IN OKLAHOMA OVER THE LAST 4 YEARS THERE HAVE BEEN 925 UNINTENTIONAL POISONING DEATHS AND 4 OUT OF 5 OF THOSE WERE PRESCRIPTION DRUG RELATED. TODAY THE SPEAKERS WARNED YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT THE WARNING SIGNS OF ADDICTION AND HOW TO PREVENT IT FROM HAPPENIN>>WE WANT TO GET THOSE NUMBERS DOWN AND SAVE LIVES AND INFORM PEOPLE :29 ABOUT THE WAYS THEY CAN REDUCE THE RISK OF AN