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Ohio University Lancaster Students Try to Battle Fairfield Co. Opiate Addiction During Substance Abuse Awareness Month

September 26, 2012


Lancaster –Many people know about the prescription drug abuse problem Fairfield County is dealing with, but not many know that as prescription drugs get harder and harder to access, addicts are turning to other forms of drugs and alcohol to get high. That's why members of the Ohio University Lancaster Human Services Technology Association think it's so important to educate the community about treatment options and ways to get help during Substance Abuse Awareness Month.


"Addicts are turning to heroin because they can't go to the doctors and get prescriptions as easily anymore," said Sheri Perry. Perry is a Human Services Technology major and a member of Fairfield County's Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board. "As those pills are becoming less and less available, they're going to heroin, and if they can't get either, they're going toward whatever is going to get them high."


Perry and other members of the HST Student Association are handing out pamphlets and other information at a booth in the North Lobby of Brasee Hall today. They're also answering any questions students may have about addiction.


"It's all about planting seeds. They might have something that sticks in their head and a year or two from now they might use that information," said Perry. "OUL is a great place to hand out information because the student make-up is so diverse, we can get information to teenagers and to parents who are trying to help their son or daughter fight substance abuse issues," said Perry.


The Human Services Technology Student Association is distributing the information until 3 p.m.