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Valley Stands up to Prescription Drug Abuse

VALLEY — There is a prescription drug addiction problem in the San Luis Valley, and it begs attention.

For example, three Alamosa-born babies tested positive for addictive prescription drugs in the past five weeks, an Adams State University lacrosse player died in an allegedly prescription drug related death over the weekend and 37 prescription drug deaths have been reported in Rio Grande County since 2009.

Those are only a few illustrations of the havoc not only Valley, but the nation’s prescription drug abuse problem is wreaking on society, and San Luis Valley Area Health Education (SLVAHE) Director Freddie Jaquez is determined to see the community unite to kill the habit that is taking over lives, some now without choice…

Posted: Thursday, Aug 22nd, 2013
BY: LAUREN KRIZANSKY
Valley Courier staff writer