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A new documentary Behind the Orange Curtain highlights the problem with RX drug abuse in Orange county.  Orange County has more drug treatment centers per capita than any other county in the US.   This hard hitting documentary goes under the hood to take a close look at the problem which seems to be extensive and very disturbing.

The DEA (drug enforcement administration) has declared the number of deaths from prescription drugs an epidemic not only in Orange County but across the nation. This “legal” drug pushing is now killing more people than street drugs and the only winners are the drug companies as usual.

You can see the trailer for the documentary here.

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8 Comments

AmyApril 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm

There are so many signs and news reports that illustrate just how much people are abusing and becoming addicted to prescription medications. Recently, a once celebrated college quarterback and first round draft choice, Ryan Leaf, was arrested because he had been breaking into people’s homes in search for prescription drugs. It is a sad, cautionary tale, but then again, we have so many of these that it becomes clear this is now an serious epidemic.

 

AmyApril 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Legal highs from rx drugs is a big issue in the US. Drug use occurs even in nice areas like Orange County, there is no escaping from it.

 

AmyApril 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm

This was clearly a shocker. I would not have thought Orange County would be the highest. Prescription drugs are getting out of control anymore anyway. People don’t develop an immunity to anything because as soon as they feel a little sick they go to the doctor to get a pill to make them feel better. It’s the same thing if they are feeling a little down. Drug manufacturers are not helping the matter.

 

AmyApril 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm

It doesn’t at all surprise me that Oragne County, California is among the leading regions for prescription drug abuse. I wonder if street drugs like heroine are also included in these statistics. When you combine wealth and bored young persons – at least the ones who have little or no direction – then you have the makings of wreck lace substance abuse and even crime. Orange county is also known for its music culture which has inherent drug abuse.

 

AmyApril 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I heard another report today that pot smoking is rampant at the University of Oregon. Why doesn’t it surprise me that a college campus in this region of the country is known as one of the leaders in marijuana use? Maybe it is because it is not too far from Humboldt County California, the infamous woodlands where some of the best weed is cultivated. I’m not a moralist and I don’t thin pot should be criminalized.

 

AmyApril 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Ola, isn’t it interesting that such an affluent area leads the way in this. It makes you question how ethical the doctors are when there is big money involved.

 

AmyApril 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Overdosing is not the only way that drugs can kill. There are chemicals and compounds that may react with each other. So always purchase medicines from the same pharmacy and follow the direction carefully before intake. Moreover, prescription drugs are easier to get than the street ones. Some people have peculiar notion that the prescribed ones are much safer and less addictive. But that’s not true. A doctor has examined you and fixed the doses for you. Hence, sharing a prescription drug with others or friends is actually illegal.

 

AmyApril 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm

There is hoffifying evidence that “legal’ drugs are now becoming more dangerous than street drugs and you say they are much more readily available. I recently found out about Pharm Parties our teens have where they all bring prescription drugs and put them in a bowl then they all take what they want. How frightening is that.

 

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