Opioid Misuse Prevention Day

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Prescription Opioid Drug Abuse has become a major epidemic in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, since 1999, the quantity of prescription painkillers prescribed and sold in the U.S. has nearly quadrupled, with a parallel increase of people becoming addicted to narcotics. In 2013, nearly two million Americans abused prescription painkillers and more than 16,000 people in the U.S. died. Each day, almost 7,000 people are treated in emergency departments for using these drugs in a manner other than as directed.

The most abused medications are pain relievers (opioids) such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, percocet, methodone and codeine. Those who abuse prescription narcotics drugs think they are safe because they are not illegal but once addicted, it can be hard to stop.

Recognizing that opioid abuse is a national health epidemic, the AMA Alliance, in collaboration with the American Medical Association, is focusing efforts and attention to educating physician families and our communities about the causes, the dangers, and the treatments of opioid abuse and addiction.

Kristy’s KleanUp is dedicated to the memory of Kristy Lee Farnham (the daughter of IAB Health Productions’ owner) who lost her life and her unborn child’s life, battling opioid addiction. Kristy was an advocate for the environment. She kept journals of her life goals and one of her major goals was being involved in a cleanup group for local parks and the community. We honor Kristy’s life by organizing Kristy’s KleanUp this year for her birthday (September 13th) and will continue to remember her every year by making Kristy’s KleanUp an annual event.