Prescription Drug Abuse Public Service Announcement – Miami

Prescription Drug Abuse Public Service Announcement – Miami


The death toll from prescription painkillers
has tripled in the past decade. And the problem is getting worse. Over 16,000 people die every year from prescription
painkiller overdoses—that’s more than the number of overdoses from heroin, cocaine,
or any other illegal drug. My name is Wifredo Ferrer and I am the United
States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Prescription drugs are highly addictive and
can be just as dangerous as any street drug, and just as deadly. Adolescents and young adults are especially
vulnerable because many teens that begin abusing prescription drugs turn to heroin for a cheaper
high. Do you have any unused prescription pills
at home? Would you know if some were missing? My name is Adolphus Wright and I am the Special
Agent in Charge at the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Miami Division. Every day, 2,500 teens take a prescription
drug to get high for the first time. All over the country, they are getting lured
into believing that a prescription pill is safe to take by just anyone. And 65% of teens are getting these drugs from
a medicine cabinet at home or from a friend or relative. There are some simple steps you can take to
keep these drugs out of reach. Keep your prescription drugs away from your
kids, and keep track of how many pills you are using. Dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired
medicine safely. And if you know of doctors or pharmacists
knowingly writing or filling false or forged prescriptions, report them to local law enforcement
authorities. And talk to your children about the dangers
of prescription drugs. Because we’ve seen too many kids die young. And you’re the best line of defense for
your own child. For more information on the dangers of prescription
drugs and what you can do to protect your family, visit these websites.

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