Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on November 13, 2012 @ 7:16PM
Created on November 13, 2012 @ 6:37PM
A lot of officers are on the street to fight the synthetic drug problems, but they're also still trying to combat prescription drug addiction. Prescription drug abuse can be found among people of all ages. Some get hooked on the pills after they've been prescribed them to recover from a surgery or sickness. Others may just willingly turn to them. While these addicts may not be as violent as those on bath salts, it's still a problem.
Prescription drug abuse can lead to overdoses and deaths. In fact, Harrison County has seen some in the past few weeks. While these medications are meant to help you recover from sickness or injury, they can be deadly if you don't take them as directed. All medications have side effects and a lot have addictive ingredients.
Police on the streets look to stop prescription drug abuse in the same way they try to stop the illegal drug trade and even synthetic drug problems.
"Very hard to control prescription drug abuse, more so sometimes than heroin or cocaine. Sometimes prescription drug abuse is accidental, sometimes it's intentional so it's hard to gauge and judge," said Harrison County Sheriff Albert Marano.
Officers advise people that are taking prescription medications outside their home to always carry them in the prescription bottle to avoid any problems.
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