KETV Chronicle: Prescription drug abuse

>>> KETV NEWSWATCH 7, CHRONICLING THE STORIES IMPACTING OUR COMMUNITY. STORIES MAKING A DIFFERENCE. STORIES THAT MATTER TO YOU. THIS IS KETV NEWSWATCH 7’S CHRONICL >>> WE WILL LOSE PROBABLY 3 OR 4 AMERICANS TODAY ALONE TO A ABUSE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG >> YOU CAN SUCCESSFULLY TREAT CHRONIC PAIN WITHOUT OPIAT MEDICATIONS. THERE ARE BETTER WAYS TO DO IT >> WE HAVE A NEW BREED OF ADDICTS ON OUR HAND NOW A NEW GENERATION THAT ARE MORE MIDDLE CLASS IF YOU WILL WHAT SOCIETY WOULD TERM NORMALLY FUNCTIONING INDIVIDUALS. >> WHEN YOU’RE AN ADDICT, YOU HAVE TO ROB AND YOU HAVE TO STEAL. >> HIS NAME IS BRAD. HE DIED WHEN HE WAS 24-YEARS-OLD, OF AN ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE. >> IT GOT TO THE POINT WHERE I WAS TAKING 12 A DAY. EVERY TIME THAT I WOULD GET A NEW PRESCRIPTION I WOULD SAY, THIS IS THE LAST ONE. >> THE MEDICINE CABINET IS THE NEW DRUG DEALER IF YOU WANT PRESCRIPTIONS TO USE AND ABUSE YOU CAN FIND IT IN ANY HOUSE IN A MEDICINE CABINET. IT’S A DISASTER THAT IS GOING NEED FUNDING ON THE BASIS OF LIKE A KATRINA. >> UNLESS WE’RE COORDINATED ON THAT, LAW ENFORCEMENT WORKING IN HAND WITH THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY, GETTING PEOPLE INTO TREATMENT. THAT’S WHERE WE CAN BE SUCCESSFUL. >> BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, THIS PROBLEM OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE IS MORE COMPLEX AND FAR-REACHING THAN FIRST IMAGINED. IN FACT, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RECENTLY DECLARED IT AN EPIDEMIC. AND MANY OF US CURRENTLY LIVE IN A STATE OF ADDICTION >> GOOD MORNING. I’M JULIE CORNELL AND TODAY ON KETV NEWSWATCH SEVEN’S CHRONICLE. WE’LL TAKE AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT WHAT’S BEING DONE TO SOLVE THIS CRISIS. IT’S SOMETHING I’VE BEEN FOLLOWING AND REPORTING ON FOR YEARS. >>> IN 2015, I PRODUCED A 30 MINUTE DOCUMENTARY ON NEBRASKA’S PILL PROBLEM. AND NOW KETV NEWSWATCH 7 AND OUR PARENT COMPANY HEARST TELEVISION ANNOUNCED A NEW EFFORT “THE STATE OF ADDICTION.” THROUGHOUT THIS YEAR, WE WILL PRODUCE A SERIES OF SPECIAL REPORTS INVESTIGATING POLICIES EXAMINING THE SOURCES OF ADDICTION SHOWING THE WARNING SIGNS AND LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS. FIRST THOUGH A FEW NUMBERS TO PUT THIS PROBLEM IN PERSPECTIVE. OF THE 20 POINT FIVE MILLION AMERICANS WITH A SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER 2 MILLION STRUGGLE WITH ADDICTION TO PRESCRIPTION PAIN KILLERS. AND DRUG OVERDOSE IS NOW THE LEADING CAUSE OF ACCIDENTAL DEATH IN THE U.S. BEATING OUT GUNSHOT WOUNDS AND CAR ACCIDENTS. PAINKILLERS ARE THE MOST ABUSED DRUG OF CHOICE FOLLOWED BY TRANQUILIZERS AND STIMULANTS. AND TEENAGE ADDICTION HAS BECOME A REAL PROBLEM. 90 PERCENT OF ADDICTIONS START WHEN THE PERSON IS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 12 AND 17. AND EVERY DAY 2500 TEENS ABUSE A PRESCRIPTION PAIN RELIEVER FOR THE FIRST TIME EVERY 15 MINUTES SOMEONE IN THIS COUNTRY DIES FROM A PRESCRIPTION DRUG OVERDOSE. MORE THAN 33,000 PEOPLE A YEAR. YOU MIGHT KNOW SOMEONE WHO’S HOOKED ON PRESCRIPTION PAIN KILLERS. AND AS WE’VE HEARD OFTENTIMES IT STARTS IN YOUR MEDICINE CABINE >> IT STAR STARTED BEHIND TH MIRROR. >> NO ONE KNEW. I COULD GO AROUND, AND NOBOD HAD ANY IDEA I WAS A TRUCK ADICK. >> WE WILL CALL HIM RYAN WE ARE PREDICTING HIS PRIVACY. >> HE STATE-OF-RT INDEED HIGH HE WAS DEPRESSED. >> I WAS TAKING 4-580 MILLIGRAMS A DAY. >> GETTING PAIN KILLERS CONTROLLED HIS DAYS. >> EVERY TIME YOU WAKE UP, YOUR BODY CRAVES IT, BECAUSE YOU ARE SICK. >> IT IS HORRIBLE. >> FIRST, HE GOT HIS MOTHER’S PILLS. HE WAS BUYING THEM ON THE BLACK MARKET. SPENDING 300 DOLLARS A WEEK. >> HIS SUCCESSFUL FAMILY BUSINESS SUPPLIED THE CASH. AND THEN FRIEND, SO-CALLED FRIEND. >> WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO GET IT? >> WHAT DO YOU DO? STEAL? LIE? >> YOUR MORALS AND HOW YOU WERE RAISED UP. THEY ALL GO OUT THE WINDOW. >> THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE HAS BECOME AN EPIDEMIC. SOMEONE WILL OFFER THEM TO YOU. >> SHE WORKS FOR RX. >> IT CAN TAKE AS LITTLE AS FIVE DAYS FOR YOU TO BECOME ADDICTED WHAT COMES IN THOSE LITTLE WHITE AND YELLOW BOTTLES. >> SHE EDUCATES PEOPLE. ONE IN FOUR KIDS WILL TRY THES DRUGS TO GET HIGH. >> ONE IN FOUR WILL TRY PRESCRIPTION DRUGS FOR THE FIRST TIME. ONE OUT OF FOUR. >> YOU CAN DIE THEM DOING THEM ONCE. YOU CAN DIE DOING THEM ONE HUNDRED TIMES. HERE’S THE THING; YOU DON’T KNOW. YOU DON’T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES. YOU WILL GET AWAY WITH. >>> HE DEGREED. IT KILLED FIVE OF HIS FRIENDS IN YEARS. HE RUSHED ONE BUDDY TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. THE DOCTOR SAYS IF I DIDN’T GIVE HIM CPR, IT WOULD’VE PASSED AWAY. >> RYAN IS UNDER THE CARE OF A DOCTOR, ON A TREATMENT PLAN. BUT TEARS FALLS WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT THE LIES THAT KEPT HIS ADDICTION ALIVE. I DON’T THINK MY FAMILY WILL EVER TRUST ME AGAIN. >> HIS FRIENDS, FORMER DRUG DEALERS, THEY WON’T LET UP. >> MY PHONE RINGS AND RINGS AND RINGS. >> CAREY AND RYAN HAVE NEVER MET, THEY WOULD AGREE, THE SOLUTION IS IN THE MIRROR. >> WHO DOES THIS DECISION STAR WITH? EVERYONE SAY IT. >> US. >> US. >> HEARTBREAKING >>> AND JOINING ME NOW TO SHARE MORE ABOUT THE PROBLEM AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS IS CAREY POMYCATA THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF COALITION RX WHO WILL BE OUR PARTNER IN THIS YEAR LONG PROJECT “ON THE STATE OF ADDICTION” WE’VE JUST LAUNCHED. WELCOM >> THANKS, JULIE >> WHY DO YOU CARE ABOUT THIS SO MUCH? >> I HAD A FRIEND WHO I WATCHED GO THROUGH THIS. THE DEATH OF A SON AT 15 WE STARTED DYLAN’S HOUSE AS WE WENT OUT AND WE MET ALL OF THESE FAMILIES, IT IS DEVASTATING. YOU HAVE SEEN IT. AND WE HAVE ALMOST TALKED TO 73 THOUSAND PEOPLE AT THIS POINT. >> WOW. >> AND THE FAMILIES WE HAVE SEEN DESTROYED. THEY ARE DESTROYED BY THIS. >> THEY ARE. IT IS NOT JUST THE PERSON ON THE DRUGS. >> NO, IT ISN’T. IT IS NOT JUST WHAT YOU THINK A DRUG SOMEONE ON DRUGS WOULD BE. >> IT IS NOT AT ALL. >> IT IS YOUR NEIGHBORS. IT IS YOUR FRIENDS. IT IS PEOPLE YOU DON’T KNOW. >> WE MET PEOPLE WHO HAD KIDS LIVING IN THEIR BASEMENTS AT 28 YEARS OLD. BECAUSE THEY WERE ADDICTED. IT IS SAD. >> WHO ARE YOU REACHING OUT? >> EVERYONE. BECAUSE THIS IS AN EPIDEMIC THAT ALL OF US CAN BE APART OF. ALL OF US CAN HELP. ALL OF US — YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A SCIENTIST TO CURE THIS. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN DO. >> I LOVE THAT YOUR BOARD IS DIVERSE. >> WE HAVE DR. HE HAD CEREMONY. HE IS A — ED SIMONE. HE IS A PROFESSOR, AND HE IS AN ADDICTION SPECIALIST. >> AND KIM, YOU WILL MEET SOON. >> DR. HAYES HINSON. >> SHE WORKS WITH PAIN AND ERIN, WHO IS OUR LEGAL COUNCIL. AND — WHO IS YOUR CHIEF STRATEGYISTS FOR THE COALITION. AND A CO-FUNDER. >> PHARMACISTS, DOCTORS. IS THERE LAW ENFORCEMENT INVOLVED? >> NOT YET. WE HAVE FIREFIGHTERS >> LAW ENFORCEMENT. WE HAVE DON HOSE, HE IS AT THE KEY STONE TREATMENT CENTER WE HAVE EXPERTS. >> YOU CAN’T APPROACH THIS FROM ONE ANGLE. IT IS NOT JUST A LAW ENFORCEMENT ISSUE. >> IT IS NOT SMALL. WE WORK WITH KATHY JACOBS, WE PARTNERED WITH THEM. AND WE HAVE 24/7 HOTLINE THA YOU CAN GET HELP 24 HOURS A DAY. CALL THEM UP. >> WE WILL GIVE THAT HOTLINE IN A MOMENT. >> I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WHICH IS THAT, FOR EVERY AILMENT THAT WE HAVE THERE’S SOMETIMES PAIN. A DOCTOR WILL OFFER YOU PRESCRIPTION. >> TALK ABOUT YOUR APPOINTMENT >> I HAD A TOOTH PULLED. AND THE DOCTOR GAVE ME A OPIOID. AND THEY GAVE IT TO ME AND I DIDN’T HIT THE PAIN AT ALL. >> NOW YOU HAVE A BOTTLE O PILLS, AND WHAT? 30 PILLS THAT YOU WON’T USE. THAT’S HOW IT GETS IN YOUR HOUSE. >> IT SITS IN YOUR MEDICIN CABINETS. THEY NEED TO BE LOCKED UP. >> WHAT DO YOU TELL PARENTS TO DO WITH THIS STUFF. IT IS ON TOP OF THE REFRIGERATOR IN THEIR CABINET? >> OH YEAH, WE HAVE A MILLION STORIES FOR THAT ONE. YOU HAVE GOT TO LOCK THESE THINGS UP. WE HAVE SEEN IT FIRST HAND. KIDS TAKING THEM TO SCHOOL. ALL OF YOU OUT THERE HAVE A ADD ADDERALL. IT IS WORTH A LOT OF MONEY ON THE STREET. TRADE IT. YOU KNOW. THOSE THINGS HAVE TO BE LOCKED UP. YOU CAN’T SIT THEM IN YOUR MEDICINE CABINET. IT WAS FROM A DOCTOR, IT IS OKAY TO LEAVE — YOU KNOW, HE WOULDN’T GIVE ME SOMETHING THAT WAS NOT SAFE. >> IT IS MATTER OF PERCEPTION. >> WE HAVE TO REMOVE THAT. AND PUT UP BARRIERS. >> WE ARE ARE OUR KID’S DRUG DEALER. >> DO YOU HAVE TO TAKE DRUGS TO FEEL BETTER? CAN YOU BREAK THE ADDICTION AND >>> WELCOME TO BACK TO KETV NEWSWATCH SEVEN’S CHRONICLE. THIS MORNING WE’RE LOOKING AT THE STATE OF ADDICTION IN AMERICA. AND THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG EPIDEMIC. THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO LIVE WITH PAIN EVERY SINGLE DAY. BUT, AS I DISCOVERED, THERE ARE DOCTORS HERE IN TOWN COMMITTED TO HELPING PATIENTS LIVE WITHOUT OPIOID DRUGS >> SO, THIS IS GOING TO HIGHLIGHT THE NERVE. >> YOU’RE GOING TO FEEL A PINCH HERE 1,2,3 PINCH. >> TYLER SMITH IS HAS A FOUR INCH NEEDLE IN HIS SPINE…AND HE’S AWAKE HE IS HAVING AN OUTPATIENT PROCEDURE. >> I’M GOING TO TRY TO TOUCH THE BONE > I’M GOING TO TOUCH THE BONE. >> FINDING THE SOURCE OF TYLER’S LOWER BACK, HIP, AND LEG PAIN. >> HE HAS 2 JOINT ISSUES AND ONE NERVE ISSUE.) >> BROOKS DOESN’T PROMISE PATIENTS THEY’LL BE PAIN-FREE. HE TELLS THEM, THE PAIN WILL BE REDUCE >> ONCE IT GETS STARTED. >> THERE’S A PILL FOR EVERYTHING. >> YOU HAVE TO TREAT TO UNDERLYING PAIN PROBLEM, AND THERE HAS TO BE A BUY-IN THA OKAY, WE ARE GOING TO DO THIS, AT THE SAME TIME, WE ARE GOING TO WORK ON REDUCING YOUR OPIOID MEDICATIONS. >> THEY ARE HIGHLY ADDICTIVE AND MIND-NUMBING CREATED FOR CANCER PATIENCE WHO ARE DIEING. HE WAS ADDICTED FOR MORE THAN TEN YEARS. >> IT IS BAD TO SAY. I’VE GOT AN APPOINTMENT WITH M DEALER. I WAS A LEGAL DRUG ADDICT. I REALLY WAS. >> THEY WERE DRUGS PRESCRIBED BY COUNTLESS DOCTORS KEEPING TYLER IN A HAZE. >> LOOKING BACK, YOU DON’T REMEMBER A LOT OF THE MOMENTS, THE LITTLE MOMENTS THAT MEAN A LOT. THAT’S CRUSHING. >> MISSING HIS SON’S CHILDHOOD. CHECKING OUT OF HIS OWN LIFE >> I LOST 10,12 YEARS OF MY LIFE I CAN’T EVEN THINK OF NOW. >> GOSH, I’D GO DAYS WITHOUT SLEEP CAUSE OF METHADONE. IT WOULDN’T LET ME SLEEP, WOULDN’T LET ME REST. >> DR. BROOKS SAYS THE DOSES WERE SO HIGH. THE MEDICINE WAS ACTUALLY “CREATING” TYLER’S PAIN. >> YOUR BODY GETS TOLERANT TO A CERTAIN DEGREE, BUT AT HIGHER DOSES, PAIN MEDICATIONS HAVE A PARADOXICAL EFFECT THAT, IN FACT, CAUSES PAIN. >> TYLER SAYS HE WAS ON A PATH TO EARLY DEATH. >> I WAS ADMITTED TO ICU BECAUSE I WAS UNCONTROLLABLE. I WAS SCREAMING IT HURT AND THEY KEPT PUMPING MEDICINE INTO M I SAID I WANT OFF THIS STUFF. I WANT TO BE DONE WITH IT. WITHIN 35 DAYS, TYLER WEANED HIMSELF OFF THE DRUGS. >> DOCTOR BROOKS WENT TO WORK…WITH ANTI-INFLAMMATORIE NUMBING MEDICINE, STEROIDS AND NERVE BLOCKS. >> FINDING THE SOURCE OF TYLER’S LOWER BACK, HIP, AND LEG PAIN. >> HE HAS 2 JOINT ISSUES AND ONE NERVE ISSUE. >> BROOKS DOESN’T PROMISE PATIENTS THEY’LL BE PAIN-FREE. HE TELLS THEM, THE PAIN WILL BE REDUCED. >> YES, YOU WILL HAVE PAIN, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, YOU’RE GOING TO WAKE UP YOU’RE GOING TO GET YOUR LIFE BACK. >> THAT PROMISE.KEPT. >> OH MY GOSH. I FEEL LIGHTER. I FEEL HEALTHIER. >> BREAKING THE CYCLE OF ADDICTION. HANGING OUT WITH HIS GRANDSON AGAIN. TYLER LOSING 40 POUNDS… HE’S SLEEPING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS. AND WAKING UP TO A FRESH START >> JUST CAUSE YOUR LIFE IS SET IN THAT GROOVE, IT DOESN’T HAV TO STAY THAT WAY. >>> AND JOINING ME KNOW TO TALK ABOUT HOW TO TACKLE THE ISSUE OF CHRONIC PAIN IS DOCTOR KIM HAYNES-HENSON WHO’S THE HEAD OF NEBRASKA MEDICINE’S PAIN MANAGEMENT CLINIC. WELCOME. >> THANK YOU FOR JOINING US>> WHY ARE THEY TO ADDICTIVE. >> THEY GRAB AHOLD OF YOUR BRAIN, AND CHANGE YOUR BRAIN OVERTIME. AND SOME PEOPLE THEY GRAB QUICKLY, AND SOME PEOPLE IT TAKES LITTLE BIT LONGER. SOME PEOPLE RESISTANT IT MORE? >> YES. >> WHAT WAS THE ORIGINAL PURPOSE FOR THESE MEDICATIONS? THEY WERE NOT NECESSARILY MEANT FOR BROKEN BONES OR BACK PAIN? >> THEY ARE MEANT FOR ACUT PAIN. THE IMMEDIATE BROKEN BONE PAIN. IT CAN HELP PEOPLE THROUGH THE PAIN. WE HAVE NO EVIDENCE FOR THE LONG RUN FOR PAIN THAT LASTS YEARS AND YEARS, THAT THEY HELP PEOPLE AT ALL. >> DOCTORS HAVE BEEN PRESCRIBING THEM FOR CHRONIC PAIN. IS THERE A DISCONNECT HERE? >> THERE IS. >> ABOUT A DECADE OR TWO AGO, THERE WAS A PUSH IN THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY WE NEED TO ADDRESS PAIN WITH PATIENTS. IT SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT IDEA. ON A SCALE FROM 1-10, HOW MUCH PAIN TO YOU HAVE? RIGHT. RIGHT. IT GOT PULLED OUT OF PER PORTION. >> WHAT ARE THE NEW MARCHING ORDERS? HOW DO WE START FRESH AGAIN? >> WELL, WE HAVE GOOD EVIDENCES THAT THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO TREAT PAIN. WE START WITH NON MEDICATION. EXERCISE, NUTRITION, AND QUALITY SLEEP, AND GOOD WEIGHT. THAT’S THE BEST PLACE TO START AND THEN WE LOOK AT NON OPIOID MEDICATIONS. THERE’S A CLASS OF THOSE MEDICATIONS THAT CAN BE HELPFUL. >> YOU ARE LIKING AT LIFESTYLE CHANGES. >> ABSOLUTELY. >> PEOPLE WANT TO TAKE A PILL. IT IS QUICK. MAKE IT GO AWAY. >> IT IS NICE TO SNAP MY FINGERS AND MAKE IT GO AWAY. BUT THE CONSEQUENCES ARE MORE AND MORE DEADLY, AND WE HAVE MORE AND MORE AWARENESS OF THE PROBLEMS. WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE CULTURE OF PATIENTS SAYING I WANT SOMETHING FOR THIS. AND DOCTORS WRITING PRESCRIPTIONS. >> WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE PARADIGM. WE HAVE TO TEACH DOCTORS AND PATIENTS AND LOOK AT THE FACTS THAT WE THOUGHT WERE ACCEPTABL >> WHEN A DOCTOR SAYS NO, I’M NOT GOING TO GET THAT, THAT PATIENTS GET TICKED OFF. >> SOME DO AND SOME DON’T. SOME PATIENTS SAY I WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO HAVE LESS PAIN. AND OTHER PATIENTS THINK THAT IS THE ONLY WAY TO TREAT THE PAIN. IT TAKES TIME TO EXPLAIN, NO, THAT WE HAVE EVIDENCE THAT IT IS NOT GOING TO TREAT YOUR PAIN IN THE LONG RUN. BUT I HAVE FOUR OTHER THINGS TO TRY. >> THEY HAVE TO OPEN THEIR MINDS TO TRY NEW THINGS? >> YES. >> DO THESE WORK? >> THEY WORK. IF WE HAD AN EASY WAY TO SNAP OUR FINGERS AND MAKE IT WORK. WHAT PHYSICIAN WOULDN’T? A LOT OF THESE MEDICATIONS DO HAVE THE HORRIBLE SIDE EFFECTS. A LOT OF THE THINGS THAT DO HE HAVE THEIR OWN SET OF GOOD AND BAD AS WELL. >> I HAVE A COUPLE OF FRIENDS THAT HAVE CHRONIC PAIN AND THEY HAVE TAKEN PRESCRIPTIONS AND THEY HAVEN’T RAMPED UP THEIR DOSES. DOES IT WORK IN THAT SITUATION? >> YES. THE TOLERANCES DON’T BUILD UP MUCH. THERE’S ALWAYS THE RISK THAT PEOPLE CAN LOSE CONTROL. THE MORE YOUR BODY SEES IT AND GETS COMFORTABLE WITH IT, THE MORE IT HAS THE CHANCE TO CHAN THE BRAIN AND CREATE THE NEED. >> IT IS A PSYCHOLOGICAL CHANGES? >> IT IS THAT, AND CHANGES THE CHEMISTRY IN THE BRAIN. >> IT EFFECTS US. >> THERE’S SO MUCH WE DON’T KNOW. WE ARE LEARNING IT AS WE GO ALONG. >> THERE’S A LOT OF RESEARCH GOING ON. WE NEED A LOT MORE RESEARCH. WE ARE MAKING GOOD STRIDES ABOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF THESE MEDICATIONS. >> WHEN YOU SAY TO SOMEONE AND I WANT TO CHECK YOU IN TO A FULL TIME PROGRAM, AND GET YOUR WEIGHT UNDER CONTROL, AND PAIN, AND TALK ABOUT OTHER ISSUES, HOW DO THEY ACCEPT THAT? >> SOME PEOPLE JUMP AT THE OPPORTUNITY. I’M EXCITED. SIGN ME UP RIGHT NOW. AND OTHERS ARE LIKE, I’M INTERESTED AND I HAVE KIDS AND DOGS AND RESPONSIBILITIES. AND SOME ARE ABLE TO MOVE THINGS AROUND AND MAKE SPACE FOR THE PAIN PROGRAM AND GO INTO THE PROGRAM SAYING I NEED A COMPLETE OVERHAUL HERE. >> RIGHT. >> AND IS OTHER PEOPLE NEVER CAN MAKE THAT STEP. AND SOME OF THEM, IF THEY HAVE WORK COMMITMENTS AND VERY SMALL CHILDREN, WE TRY TO WORK WITH THEM AND OTHER ALTERNATIVES. >> WHAT ARE THE OUTCOMES WHEN PEOPLE WORK THAT, AND GET FIND ALTERNATIVES? >> I THINK OUR OUTCOMES ARE AMAZING. THESE PEOPLE HAVE COME BACK AND THEY TALK TO ME AND SAY HOW COME I CAN’T GET PEOPLE INTO THIS? I WANT PEOPLE TO FEEL LIKE I FEEL. I HAVE HAD MANY PEOPLE TELL ME, THIS IS THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME. >> I TALKED TO TYLER, HE HAS LITTLE BIT OF PAIN, HE IS WORKING WITH IT. HE IS SO ALERT AND AWAKE HE IS THANKFUL TO BE OF SOUND MIND. >> LET’S GIVE YOU YOUR LIFE BACK. IT IS NOT THE EXACT SAME LIF PEOPLE HAD BEFORE THE PAIN OCCURRED. BUT, WE WILL GIVE YOU A NEW LIFE BACK. >> THERE’S HOPE. >> THERE IS HOPE. >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, DOCTOR. >> WE LOOK AT A STATEWIDE PROGRAM TO GET THE UNUSED DRUGS OUT OF YOUR HOME. >>> THIS MORNING ON KETV NEWSWATCH 7’S CHRONICLE, WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE STATE OF ADDICTION IN NEBRASKA. AS WE MENTIONED MANY TEENS START ABUSING DRUGS THEY FIND IN THEIR HOMES. WHICH IS WHY NEBRASKA JUST LAUNCHED A NEW INITIATIVE. THIS IS THE FIRST COORDINATED STATEWIDE DRUG TAKE BACK PROGRAM IN NEBRASK WITH 290 PHARMACIES SAFELY TAKING YOUR OLD DRUGS. THEY HAVE BOXES LIKE THIS. >> YOU JUST DROP THEM OFF. FOR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES LIKE PAIN KILLERS YOU GET A POSTAGE PAID ENVELOPE AND PUT IT IN THE MAIL. ONE REASON TO KEEP THOSE DRUGS OUT OF THE HANDS OF ABUSER >> WE FIND A LOT OF TEENS THAT’S WHERE THEY GET THEIR SUPPLY FROM PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS MEDICINE CABINETS. >> SO, GET THOSE UNUSED MEDS OUT OF YOUR HOUSE. BAG THEM UP AND TAKE THEM TO O OF ALMOST 300 PHARMACIES. YOU’LL FIND A LIST AT NEBRASKA MEDS DOT ORG AND OR LEFTOVER MEDS.COM AND REMEMBER IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THE MEDICATION YOU’RE TAKING OR WANT TO KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS OF ADDICTION, INCLUDING WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR KIDS, YOU CAN CALL TH COALITION RX HOTLINE. THAT NUMBER IS 402-552-2221. AGAIN, ALL YEAR WILL BE DOING STORIES ON THE STATE OF ADDICTION HERE IN NEBRASKA. AND EACH OF THOSE ALONG WITH THIS SHOW WILL BE POSTED ON LINE. KETV DOT COM. IF YOU DON’T SEE IT THERE WHEN YOU LOOK. JUST GOOGLE “STATE OF ADDICTION” CHRONICLE. >>> I’M JULIE CORNELL. THANKS FOR WATCHING. AND WE’LL SEE YOU BACK HERE NEXT SUNDAY MORNING FOR KETV

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