Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Rocky's panel on Prescription Drug Abuse

From JM Bell:

The Salt Lake City Mayor’s Coalition on Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs, is hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, August 29th from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Main City Library auditorium. Mayor Rocky Anderson and a panel of experts will address the issue of over-the-counter and prescription drug abuse. Sadly, Utah is first in the nation in prescription drug abuse, at a level our state medical examiner calls “epidemic.”

Unfortunately, Utah’s youth and surprisingly, many parents, believe prescription drug abuse is safer than street drugs; the reality is that prescription drug overdoses kill twice as many people as street drugs. In Utah, prescription drug overdoses accounted for more deaths than automobile accidents.

Take the time to attend this town hall meeting, especially if you have kids. It’s an important topic.


First off, it's nice to see Rocky doing something that directly affects the lives of his residents.

Secondly, this is an important topic. I have known numerous people, all of the good Latter-Day Saints, who have fallen into the trap of prescription drugs. They feel that these drugs are OK because they are not street drugs. Most of the time, they are abusing drugs that they legally have a prescription for.

I plan on trying to make it to this event. I suggest you do the same....

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