Many parents worry their children will experiment with alcohol or marijuana or other drugs. Those are valid concerns, yet we need to alert parents of a parallel drug problem that also has taken root in Indiana and plagues Hoosier families: abuse of drugs that are legal with a prescription.
Unfortunately, our state is caught up in a national epidemic of people diverting prescription drugs, especially opioid painkillers, abusing them and overdosing, sometimes fatally. By some estimates, one person dies of a prescription drug overdose somewhere in the United States on average every 25 minutes.
The causes are complex.
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