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Originally published: 2013-08-29 15:47:41
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Our View: Coalition seeks the right prescription

For more than a decade, drug overdose deaths in the United States have shown year-over-year increases. 

Indeed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, drug overdose death rates in the U.S. have more than tripled since 1990. Now, 100 people die daily from drug overdoses in our nation.

The CDC calls this an epidemic, and with almost 40,000 people in the U.S. dying annually from drug overdoses, that's not an exaggeration. And because the drug overdoes epidemic is most severe in two critical national areas -- the Southwest and the Appalachian region -- the Project Lazarus Watauga Coalition is on target by spotlighting National Drug Awareness Day on Friday.

Our local coalition works to reduce abuse and overdose of prescription medications -- more information can be found at http://www.projectlazarus.org -- but it can't do it alone. Communities are responsible for their own welfare, the CDC writes, and the Watauga coalition promotes this message through education and awareness.

If you do nothing else to recognize the day on Friday, at least share the coalition's four guidelines for safe prescription medication use: take correctly, store safely, dispose of properly and never share.For someone you know, those guidelines may be a message of life or death.