By: Katie Sobiech
When hearing the words “drug abuse,” prescription drugs may not be one of the first things that come to mind, but the Summit County Community Partnership (SCCP) is aware that prescription drug abuse is a large and growing issue.
“We know that one of the fastest growing groups of addicted people are those who are using prescription drugs not prescribed for themselves in many cases,” Darryl Brake, Executive Director of the Summit County Community Partnership, said.
Research has shown that many individuals with the problem are abusing left-over pills from prescriptions for themselves or from friends or family.
“When we get prescription drugs, a lot of times they’re not used up and we’re healthy again. But some think it’s a good idea to hang onto those in case they have the problem again. The drug is then available. The problem with that is that those that are addicted to prescription drugs get them a number of different ways. One of which is from family and friends, either by asking for them or stealing them,” Brake explained.