Be the Solution

BE THE SOLUTION is a community education program of Northern Michigan Michigan Regional Entity. Our mission is to increase public awareness of the risks and potential harm associated with misuse and the extent of the prescription drug abuse problem in northern Michigan and encourage you to BE THE SOLUTION with practical steps you can take, right now.

Community education resources are available to communities in many counties, including speakers, presentations, and access to state and national programs aimed at preventing prescription drug misuse. Federal and state funds have been used to support this project.

Be the solution by requesting a presentation, viewing a brochure or learning about current state and national programs.

Background

The non-medical use or abuse of prescription drugs is the fastest-growing drug problem. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse's (NIDA) research report Prescription Drugs: Abuse and Addiction, there are three classes of prescription drugs that are most commonly abused, opioids, central nervous system depressants and stimulants.

Many Americans benefit from the appropriate use of prescription pain killers, but, when abused, they can be as addictive and dangerous as illegal drugs. Prescription drugs should only be taken exactly as directed by a medical professional.

Prescription drugs account for the second most commonly abused category of drugs, behind marijuana and ahead of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and other drugs. Opiate overdoses, once almost always due to heroin use, are now increasingly due to abuse of prescription painkillers. Prescription drug abuse poses a unique challenge because of the need to balance prevention, education, and enforcement, with the need for legitimate access to controlled substance prescription drugs.

 

 

  • Fact:  Michigan had 2,335 overdose deaths in 2016. 1,689 were opioid-related, up from 1,275 opioid-related deaths in 2015.
  • Fact:  MAPS Data indicates 690,782 Controlled Substance Prescriptions were dispensed in MI equaling 47,943,624 units prescribed in 2016.
  • Fact:  On 4/29/17, National drug Take Back Day, Michiganians gave back 20,370 pounds of unused prescription pills, according to the U.S. DEA.
  • Fact:  There are over 23.5 million people in long-term recovery in the U.S. from a substance use disorder. People do recover and get well.
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