Prescription drug abuse is a serious matter. More than 2,000 teens begin abusing prescription drugs each day. The widespread availability of these kinds of drugs when compared with illegal alternatives make prescription drugs a common and dangerous addiction, especially for young people. And yet it is still largely ignored by mainstream media and most people in general. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has officially declared prescription drug abuse an epidemic in the United States. The number of people in inpatient drug rehab as a result of prescription drug addiction is ever rising. And yet, for an epidemic, there is a shocking lack of awareness among the general population.
The goal of the #PillsKill campaign is to raise awareness of the prescription drug epidemic, to help others by stopping the sharing of pills, and to subsequently aid in the curbing of the epidemic. You can do your part by tweeting using the hashtag, and posting pictures with #CounterRx and #ShatterproofChallenge to share your counter drug of choice. Check out this interactive page to learn more about the rise of the addiction to prescription drugs, and the dangers that you and your family face.