GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
A new report on the growing prevalence of prescription drug abuse in Colorado is now released.
The report includes startling new facts on the explosive increase in prescription drug overdosing and deaths, and says the death rate is now more than that of heroin and cocaine combined.
Colorado is now ranked as the 24th highest in the nation for overdose mortality rate.
The number of overdosing deaths from prescription drugs in Colorado has increased by almost 60% since 1999.
The new report released by “Trust for America’s Health” highlights the silently growing problem of America’s prescription drug addiction.
They point out some major inadequacies in Colorado’s prescription drug laws.
Local DEA forces say the problem starts with bad doctors. "They overprescribe, they often times try to get in situations that would be lucrative for them, where they end up having a junkie or zombie clientele," says Jim Schrant of the Grand Junction DEA.
Mesa County law enforcement is keenly aware of the problem, and has been combating it for some time. They say the Western Colorado Drug Task Force confiscated 1.54 pounds of prescription drugs in raids in 2012 alone.
Recently, law enforcement announced two upcoming programs for the community. One is a local prescription drug buyback program for all unused RX drugs on October 26.
The other is an informational meeting for parents and teenagers about the deadly effects of prescription drug abuse on October 22.
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