Prescription medication is the second most commonly abused category of drugs, behind marijuana and ahead of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and other drugs. Opiate overdoses, once almost always due to heroin use, are now increasingly due to abuse of prescription painkillers. Across the U.S., the number of overdose deaths from opioid pain relievers surpasses the number of deaths from heroin and cocaine combined. Preventing prescription drug abuse poses a unique challenge because of the need to balance prevention, education and enforcement with the need for legitimate access to these drugs.
Prescription drug abuse is 100% preventable and each one of us can “Do Your Part: Be the Solution,” including parents, relatives and friends. To start, learn more about the problem and what you can do. The link below provides valuable information, tips and contacts you can use. Don’t sit back and watch someone abuse prescription drugs — Do Your Part! Everyone has the responsibility to help “Be the Solution” for Oakland County.
Operation Medicine Cabinet™
An Oakland County Sheriff’s Office program, which partners
with other law enforcement agencies, provides locations
where citizens can properly dispose of expired and/or unused
prescription drugs anonymously. For disposal site locations please visit:
Oakland County Health Division PACE Program
(Prior Authorization and Central Evaluation Program)
PACE: substance abuse treatment services for income eligible Oakland County residents.
(248) 858-5200. After hours, call Common Ground at 248-456-0909 or toll-free (800) 231-1127.
ACHC Oakland County Families Against Narcotics Meetings
Seven monthly regional meeting locations located across Oakland County.