WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Pharma to micro targets like open medicine cabinets. "It has to do with the attitude towards drugs in our society. There is a culture of taking pills that wasn't true 40 years ago, but it is now," says Dr. Furstenberg. The ubiquity of prescribed medications for many com- mon issues like ADD or athletic injuries means that many households have more pills and more access to pills than ever before. Fifty-four percent of non-medical users of prescription drugs say they got them free from a friend or relative. This is in sharp contrast to the image of the corner dealer to whom only four percent of users turn to when looking for a fix. "Because these drugs are FDA-approved and pre- scribed most of the time, they aren't seen as dangerous," says Vic DiGravio, president of the Association for Behavioral Healthcare, an organization that represents community-based mental health and addiction treatment organizations in Massachusetts. "But the reality of it is that they are incredibly dangerous and once someone is hooked, it's really, really hard to stop using." Experts also point to the mixed messages kids receive about pre- scription drugs. "The doctor gave it to me," says Andrew Keough, "how 100 Bad Habits W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 4 80% of all heroin users came to heroin through painkillers "I honestly hope this article can open parent's eyes to make sure their kids aren't practicing such scary habits."

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