SPECIAL REPORT: A Prescribed Abuse - Northern Michigan's News Leader

SPECIAL REPORT: A Prescribed Abuse

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February 20, 2014 -

Addiction is a disease that doesn't discriminate. Everyone and anyone can become an addict.

And prescription drugs don't discriminate either.

Michigan State Police say the abuse of prescription drugs is becoming an epidemic rivaling the abuse of heroin and cocaine.
 
But there are certain demographics that are using and abusing more than others.
 
The amount of teenagers who become addicts, or who die from this abuse, is rising dramatically - the number has quadrupled in the last ten years.
 
Agencies like Addiction Treatment Services and Michigan State Police are trying to be proactive, to get to kids before addiction becomes part of their lives.

9&10's Marisa McKay and photojournalist Jeremy Erickson have the special report on the impact of drugs on Traverse City, and the experts trying to defeat the issue.

Watch Part 1 of the special report on 9&10 News at 6:00 pm.
 
Then later on 9&10 News at 11:00 pm, Marisa and Jeremy introduce us to a recovering addict.
 
He shares how Addiction Treatment Services has given him back his hope in life.
 
Both Munson Medical Center's Behavioral Services department and Addiction Treatment Services offer programs to help people who want to deal with prescription abuse.

We've posted links to their respective websites.

Anyone looking to deposit unused or unwanted prescription drugs can call their nearest police department or law enforcement center to learn about secure drop off locations.