Prescription Drug Foundation Trying to Raise $500,000
At least seven people die every day due to a prescription overdose.
The abuse of prescription drugs is something that is happening right here in North Central Florida and this mother can attest to it.
On September 21, 2011 Karen Ellis tried waking up her 24- year -old son Corey Langdale.
"He would not wake up. He was here in the house and he didn't wake up," said Ellis.
The former high school athlete died from accidentally overdosing on prescription medications.
"I've had several parents come up and talk to me about what their child is into and also others that have lost their child to drug overdose. I am not the only one. It is rampant and it's here," said Ellis.
After the tragedy, Ellis became a board member of the Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Foundation, which raises money to support the database that keeps a record what was prescribed to whom.
"The database will help prevent doctor shopping. People going from doctor to doctor to doctor and getting large amounts of pain prescriptions," said Ellis.
A tool that pharmacists and doctors did not have access to before September 2011.
University of Florida professor Paul doering said numerous colleagues benefit from the database.
"Somebody came in for a prescription for valium and I decided to use this new tool. Signed in and low and behold a couple of days ago she got the same prescription at a pharmacy across the street," said Doering.
During 2011, there were more than 900 registered pain management clinics in Florida. That number has now dropped to 580.
The Foundation has to raise $500,000 by June to continue running the database.
"It would be a crying shame to see this single most important tool that pharmacists have as well as practitioners in dealing with the epidemic of prescription drug deaths in our state," said Doering.
People like Ellis believe the monitoring program is saving lives.
"I don't want my story to be another families story," said Ellis.
This Saturday is National pill take back day.
You can dispose of any illegal pills without facing criminal charges.
Marion County Sheriff's Office Southwest District Office 9048 SW HWY 200, FL.
Marion County Sheriff's Office South Marion District Office 8230 SE 165th Mulberry Lane, Villages
Ocala Police Department 402 South Pine Avenue Ocala, FL.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will participate by having a site at the Park-n-Ride lot across from Arby’s, at the intersection of U.S. 90 and Commerce Blvd., from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
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