February 11, 2009 It seems almost too cliché to be real but a pair of recent news stories in the Tri-City area make it hard to dismiss: Drug abuse can lead to a life of crime.
Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem and parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors need to exercise due diligence when it comes to keeping them under wraps.
A couple of weeks ago Almont School Liaison Officer Ryan Wilson detailed the risks associated with prescription drug abuse to high schoolers—noting that it's a growing problem with youngsters from middle school age on up.
Wilson mentioned that prescription drugs are not a "safe high," and that what may be a "safe" dose for the person they were prescribed for can be dangerous to a young person's body and mind. He told the students that each time they ingest a prescription drug like vicodin and oxycontin they're setting themselves up for increased tolerance and big problems.
Last week's front page story about the pair of young men—ages 21 and 26—who now face numerous counts of home invasion and breaking and entering into area homes underscored Wilson's prediction. Both suspects told police they were stealing to support an oxycontin addiction.
So while it seems cliché that drug abuse leads to crime, here's an illustration that it sprung from a truth.
We urge adults to keep their prescription medicines out of sight to family members and household visitors alike. With a commitment to be responsible for our own prescription medications, it's possible to keep the problem at bay in our community and our schools.