Berrien Health Department warns against prescription drug abuse


The Berrien County Health Department is reminding everyone of the dangers of prescription drug abuse ahead of a drug recovery day on Saturday. Lisa Peeples-Hurst, prevention supervisor for the Berrien County Health Department, told WSJM News that the most common type of drug abuse involves substances that have been obtained legally.

“Because prescription drugs are easy to get,” Peeples Hurst said. “There may be multiple prescriptions in a particular household, and therefore they are accessible, especially for children and adolescents.”

Peeples Hurst says some patients think their drugs are safe just because they’re legal.

“In a lot of the cases that we see, people have usually been prescribed painkillers for maybe a broken arm or some type of condition. So in some of our cases it was an honest start with their own prescription drugs.

And in other cases, those for whom the drugs were not intended get their hands on them. Disposal containers will be dropped off on the west side of Corewell Health Lakeland Hospital on Napier Avenue in St. Joseph from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Peeples Hurst says that since the recovery events began about a decade ago, there has been much less prescription abuse among young people.

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