Prescription Drug Abuse

August 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Instructor: Karren Crowson and Teresa Taylor-Duncan

This presentation, given by a local retired pharmacist and a law enforcement officer, describes how our nation’s opioid epidemic began with prescription abuse and how it has evolved into what it is today. Karren Crowson and Teresa Taylor-Duncan will discuss prescription drugs that are commonly abused, as well as signs and symptoms of abuse. The instructors will also review how Alabama legislation has changed and will describe programs developed to curb the problem of over-prescribing doctors and doctor shopping. Since teens indicate that their home medicine cabinet is the most likely source for drugs, they will cover safe storage and disposal of medications. The program will address the rise in abuse of cheaper, illicit substances such as heroin, and the even more potent fentanyl, and will offer advice on what individuals can do to help someone who has overdosed on opioids.