AS REPORTED IN THE NACOGDOCHES DAILY SENTINEL:
Whether by accident or intent, prescription drug abuse in Texas is at a startling high, according to a recent report from the Drug Policy Alliance.
The report revealed that between 1999 and 2007, the number of Texas deaths by accidental drug overdose increased by more than 250 percent, from 790 to 1,987.
This area is not immune to the problem, either, local officials said.
"In Nacogdoches and Deep East Texas, we are seeing young people who are abusing prescription drugs," said Phyllis Grandgeorge, executive director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas. "It's marijuana first and then prescription drug abuse among students in high school and among young adults who are 18 to 22. It's a very serious issue throughout our area."
The report further showed accidental poisoning, commonly due to drug overdose, is the third-leading cause of injury-related deaths statewide, behind car crashes and suicide.
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