For Hub City Times
Prescription painkillers are opioids used to reduce pain and are prescribed by medical professionals to help patients with severe pain or pain that lasts a long time. When prescription painkillers are taken as prescribed, they are relatively safe and can reduce pain effectively. However, any use can lead to addiction.
Common prescription painkillers are oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, codeine, fentanyl, hydromorphone, meperidine, oxymorphone, tramadol, buprenorphine, and methadone.
People abuse prescription painkillers by:
—Taking someone else’s prescription.
—Taking a prescription to get high.
—Taking a prescription in a way other than prescribed, such as taking more than prescribed, more often than prescribed, or another route than prescribed.
Marshfield Area Coalition for Youth (MACY) is working to make Marshfield the best place to raise a family. MACY’s Drug Task Focus is striving to reduce and prevent prescription drug abuse and heroin use. MACY is supported by Marshfield Clinic Center for Community Outreach and more than 200 members representing over 40 organizations in Marshfield.
Ask an officer
Question: How can I anonymously report suspicious activity for illegal drug and alcohol use as well as other crimes?
Answer: You can use the Wood County Crime Stoppers tip line by:
—Text keyword WCCS and your message to “CRIMES” (274637).
Schedule a MACY Drug Task Force presentation or submit “ask an officer” questions to Ashley Normington, Marshfield Clinic Center for Community Outreach at 715-221-8421 or firstname.lastname@example.org.