DrxugSafe Program Aims to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

      When it comes to drug abuse among teens and young adults, it's not the shadowy figure on the street corner you need to worry about, but the medicine cabinet inside your own home! Kids are stealing opiate-based prescription drugs and others like them from parents, grandparents or friends. These drugs can fuel addiction that causes the user to desperately seek more. When the prescriptions run out, many users turn to heroin another opiate, which can be stronger, cheaper and more addictive.

      DrxugSafe is a collaborative public-private project in Marion County developed to increase community awareness about prescription drug and heroin abuse. Alison Kelly, Director of Marion County Community Services Department, along with Jacob Watkins from Stayton High School and Hope Magee from South Salem High School, joined us to talk about the issue of prescription drug abuse and what's being done to combat the problem.

      • DrxugSafe Community Summits

      • Tuesday, April 23 from 6:00-8:00pm, Keizer

      • Thursday, April 25 from 6:00-8:00pm, Woodburn

      • National Drug Take Back Event, Saturday, April 27th, various locations

      For more information about DrxugSafe and upcoming community education events and prescription drug turn-in events, call 503-588-7975 or visit the website.