VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - A prescription drug overdose can happen easily.
"It's really a cinch. Like any drug, you begin to use it, you build a tolerance to that drug.
An individual will not know what level his body can take, so he'll take so much that they'll be an accidental overdose,” said Denzel Lewis, Vigo County Drug Task Force.
Indiana is one of the top five states for fastest-growing rate of drug overdose deaths.
And Chances and Services for Youth's Brandon Halleck said he's seen that rising statistic in drug misuse across the Wabash Valley.
"Vigo County is one of the top five communities in the state. That's one of our largest concerns right now,” said Halleck.
One of the main issues - prescription medication is highly addictive and easily accessible to everyone, including kids.
"A lot of times that's where kids will start with prescription medication. And then their addictions grow,” said Lewis.
One of the biggest concerns is the rise in drug abuse among 18 to 25 year olds.
Officials say this is when you start to notice if someone has been abusing.
Often abuse begins with prescriptions drugs but transitions to other drugs or vice versa.
"Prescription medications are used in place of another drug. So, an individual can't get their marijuana, can't get their heroin, they can't get high off meth, so they'll substitute it with prescription medications,” said Lewis.
The report suggests there are areas Indiana hasn't tackled, that includes expansions to Medicaid to cover substance abuse and a law to protect those who report a drug overdose.
But Lewis said that tackles the issue too late.
"That's not going to make a difference because that's after the fact…You have to figure out what causes the addiction first then try to prevent that cause and effect,” said Lewis.,
Halleck suggests you dispose of old meds instead of keeping them around the house.
Many addicts get their first drugs from a family member or friend.
"If their parents do have prescription drugs in their house, are they locked up? Are they accounted for? Do you know where they are?" said Halleck.
Halleck thinks the best prevention is communication with your child on the dangers of drug abuse and addiction.
Officials say they're working on getting a plan in place so the community could dispose of their old prescriptions year-round, rather than just a buyback from law enforcement.
For more information on how you can get help with substance abuse, check out this website.
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