State Rep: Drug Addiction Often Starts at Home

The problems associated with the use of painkillers has led to deaths in teens an young adults.

State Rep. Todd Stephens says, it often comes down to the type of prescriptions that parents are keeping in their medicine cabinets, providing easy access for teens. Stephens say methadone has been used to help people get off painkillers and heroin, but methadone is thought by many to be just as addictive.

“There are some alternatives out there that are showing a great deal of promise. More and more physicians are moving away from methadone treatment. Newer treatments don not have the addictive nature.”

Stephens held an open house last night in Horsham concerning the dangers of having prescription painkillers in the home.

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