'Healthy You' Presentation Will Discuss Prescription Drug Abuse

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 Drug Abuse.”

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 lucerob@hghospital.org.