Officials hope awareness campaigns curb drug use

2013-10-10T20:30:00Z 2013-10-11T00:08:05Z Officials hope awareness campaigns curb drug useTimes Staff nwitimes.com
October 10, 2013 8:30 pm  • 

GARY | Officials rolled out campaigns Thursday that aim to put an end to smurfing and prescription drug abuse.

The campaigns include a website, www.bitterpill.in.gov, that includes videos about prescription drug abuse. The website includes information about how to seek help if you are addicted to prescription drugs, and information for parents about how to talk to their children about the dangers of drugs.

According to a news release about the campaign, a survey conducted in 2012 found that one in five Indiana teens said they had taken a prescription drug without a prescription.

The campaign to end smurfing -- going to several stores to purchase a larger quantity of pseudoephedrine-based products -- will include signs in stores that warn customers that it is a criminal offense to buy cold and allergy medicine to make methamphetamine, according to a news release.

The campaigns were announced by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary Police Chief Wade Ingram, Lake County Prosecutor Bernie Carter and the Indiana Retail Council and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.

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