More Vicodin please

Read this quick article for some background information.

Utah is one of the leading states for prescription drug abuse.  Any guesses why?  I have an idea.  Utah is heavily populated by those of the LDS faith, which, as many of you know, does not condone the use of alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drugs.  For many of the people that do use these substances, they often use them as an escape, to relieve their pain and sorrows.  So instead of turning to these kinds of drugs to deal with life’s problems, the LDS Utahns are turning to accepted prescription drugs.

Unfortunately, I don’t think enough people understand how addicting these medications can be.  Just because the doctor prescribed them doesn’t mean they can do no harm.  People should only use as much as they need and then dispose of the remaining drugs properly.  Everyone always thinks, “Oh, but I might need them later,” however, hoarding such powerful medicine is dangerous, especially if there are teens or younger children in the home.

If you’re really interested in Utah’s prescription drug abuse problem, you should watch the movie Happy Valley.


4 Responses to “More Vicodin please”

  1. June 9, 2010 at 1:49 AM

    Thats crazy that Utahs one of the leading states for Vicodin? Do you have a theory as to why?

  2. June 9, 2010 at 4:45 AM

    I think the church should really bring this problem up and maybe mention it in general conference or something – help educate the members on how serious of a problem this is.

  3. June 10, 2010 at 3:45 AM

    I agree with the statement about bringing up the issue more within Church. I also think there are plenty of people in Utah who are not members of the Church, and so it would be interesting to see how the numbers compare between members and non-LDS within Utah and then educate accordingly. Although, I KNOW my family had the same attitude of “save for later”, which even though we never were addicted, still added to the problem. EDUCATE!

  4. June 22, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    You need to combine practicality and personal touch in the gifts.
    You wouldn’t want anything within your bag poking you in the back, why would you think your dog would. Fortunately, these days baby bags come in manly colors and designs.

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