Georgia Attorney General Speaks Out on Prescription Drug Abuse

RINGGOLD, GA (WDEF) – Sherry Price’s son, Chase, was so addicted to drugs at one point she prayed God would take his life.

Sherry adds, "Can you imagine how hard that was for me as a mom? Because I just couldn’t handle it anymore."

Verbal abuse almost turned into physical abuse.

At one point a police officer demanded that Sherry evict Chase.

Sherry adds, "I said but this is my son and he’s sick, and he’s not a bad person and I just want him to be ok."

After more than a year in rehab, and then a relapse, Chase hung himself in his closet.

Sherry shares her story in hopes these Heritage High School students will not follow in Chase’s footsteps.

Georgia Attorney General, Sam Olens, says, "Parents don’t pay attention to the medicine cabinet and nowadays there are so many strong prescription drugs in the medicine that we frankly need to pay much, much more attention."

Olens says more people die each year from prescription drug abuse than car wrecks.

In Catoosa County last year, drugs prescribed outnumbered the residents living in the community.

Ronnie Bradford, the Principal at Heritage High School, says, "I hope they’ll just first they’ll realize we’re all concerned about this and it’s a really big issue and just take a step back and realize the dangers."

If the messages from these community leaders don’t hit home for Georgia students, Olens believes something else will.

Olens adds, "We’re asking students to create a 30 second film on how their colleague should not abuse prescription drugs, so we have a healthier environment."

At the end of this month students could win an i Pad or gift certificates.

Olens says, " We really hope that not only does it provide a winner, but more importantly, it saves lives."

The deadline to enter the video contest is October 31st.

You need to be a Georgia high school student to participate.

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