Polk Co. To Combat Prescription Drug Abuse - WSPA.com

Polk Co. To Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

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COLUMBUS, N.C. - Polk County launched its local "Project Lazarus" effort Wednesday night to combat a rising prescription drug abuse problem.

The sheriff's office reports a 300 percent increase in overdose deaths over a ten year period.

"Many communities are at epidemic status," Fred Brason, founder of Project Lazarus, said.

Lazarus helps multiple agencies coordinate and concentrate on a strategy to deal with the drug problem.

Brason presented data and potential solutions for the issue. That includes education indicatives on how to take, store and dispose of drugs correctly.

Sheriff Donald Hill said over a month and half, his investigators worked three cases where cleaning crews took drugs from home medicine cabinets.
The drug problem has changed what burglars take from homes..

"The main property was a stereo, a television or guns and now they're hitting the medicine cabinet too," Hill said.

Dozens of people attended the meeting including police, ems and medical professionals.
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