Kids’ misuse of legal drugs prescription for trouble, death

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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