Prescription drug abuse is on the rise across the country at an extraordinary rate, due to its excessiveness. To help combat the problem, Scott Kollars is doing his part by telling others about his battle with addiction. Kollars is a recovering addict who is now spending his time reaching out to those in need. For Scott, an addiction to pain killers was something he never saw coming. It all started after he hurt his knee at work. The pharmacy hand delivered pain killers to his door, making it that much harder to break his addiction.
Sliding down a slippery slope, Kollars addiction could have been prevented with a little more education. Kollars suggests that all parents learn more about prescription drugs, so they can better understand the grasp the drugs can have.
Bringing awareness to the area's prescription drug problem, Charles Godfrey and city officials formed a panel to talk to community members about the severity of prescription drug abuse, as it leads to other serious drug addictions. Godfrey says prescription drugs serve as a gateway drug, and many times leads to an addiction to heroin.
Abuse of drugs occurs everywhere, including the workplace. As president and CEO of the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce, Jed Metzger says businesses have seen an increase in drug abuse in the workplace.
If you or someone you know is addicted to prescription drugs, don't wait to get help. For more information, visit www.drugabuse.com.