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Pickens County Rallies To Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

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Leaders in the Pickens County medical community are teaming with police and school leaders in an effort to slow a disturbing trend of prescription drug overdoses.

They held a Red Zone Rally at Pickens High School Monday.

The state inspector general labeled the area a red zone because of 18 percent of the total prescription overdose deaths in South Carolina happened in Pickens County.

Dr Jim Mahanes with the Pickens County Drug Abuse Alliance got together with the school district.

He cited a national study which shows a 33 percent increase of teen abuse of prescription drugs over the last several years.

The research points to parents' lax attitudes as a factor.

I don't think people really understand that, they're medicine cabinet is kind of an open door," Mahanes said.

Mahanes says taking legal, prescription drugs as seriously as "street drugs" is an important step.

"They're coming from a doctor, they're FDA approved so people think they're safe they don't give that second thought to them," Mahanes said.

Brandie Trotter attended the rally to educate more in the community.

"We're looking within our friends of friends and if we can learn something here and spread the word, and that's what we're looking for - to just stop it," she said.

The state inspector general also mentioned  how this is an "invisible" issue to a lot of people.

But he wants you to think about the costs of healthcare for addicts and law enforcement cracking down on abuse.

And then there's the ultimate cost of losing more young lives to overdoses.

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