Is it possible that you or someone you love is addicted to prescription drugs?
Most people only take prescription drugs for the reason their doctor intended.
However, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an estimated
48 million people (aged 12 and older), have used prescription drugs for
nonmedical reasons in their lifetime.
That figure represents approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population.
This week, Humboldt General Hospital’s “Healthy Year, Healthy
You” presentation will address the subject of “Prescription
The seminar will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, September 17,
in the Sarah Winnemucca Conference Room. Sharon McAllister from the Frontier
Community Coalition will be the afternoon’s speaker.
Humboldt General Hospital Wellness Coordinator Billie Lucero said most
people dismiss prescription drug abuse as something that “happens
with other people.”
“But in recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in prescription
drug misuse or abuse,” said Lucero. “This increase has led
to a corresponding increase in ER visits because of accidental overdoses
as well as admissions to drug treatment programs for drug addictions.”
Lucero added, “This program will discuss what constitutes drug abuse,
what drugs are most commonly abused, and what to do if you or a loved
one is addicted to prescription drugs.”
September’s seminar continues a year-long series of “Healthy
Year, Healthy You” presentations aimed at helping local residents
achieve a greater state of wellness.
All presentations are held from noon to 1 p.m. on the third Thursday of
each month. There is never a charge to attend and lunch is always served.
For more information, please call HGH Wellness Coordinator Billie Lucero
at (775) 623-5222, ext. 1297, or email at email@example.com.