In Nevada County, overdose death rates have more than doubled since 2009. Prescription medications can save lives, but they can also take lives. Monitoring, securing and safely disposing of medications can help prevent misuse and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the family medicine cabinet. A 2014 study by Monitoring the Future reported that more than 40 percent of 12th-graders nationwide say that it is “very easy” to get access to controlled medications. Misuse of prescription drugs has become more prevalent due to a rise in accessibility.
Misuse and abuse of prescription drugs can lead to dependence and illicit drug seeking. According to the National Center for Health Statistics; drug poisoning (overdose) is the number one cause of injury-related death in the United States.
When: On Saturday, April 29th – 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Corner of Neal St. and South Auburn Street in Downtown Grass Valley