New Film About Prescription Drug Abuse in Arizona

Man Filming in Desert

A few years ago, Joey Rovero, an Arizona State University student, died in his sleep from a fatal overdose of prescription painkillers and alcohol. Trying to find some meaning in his death, his mother created the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse. She has even gone so far as to testify before the U.S. Congress on the rapidly growing prescription drug abuse epidemic.

Rovero’s story is featured in a new documentary produced by Arizona State University journalism students called “The Pill Problem.” The film highlights the fact that prescription drug abuse is a serious issue both in Arizona and nationally.

In just the past year, seven Arizona State University students died from medication abuse. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription painkillers are among the most likely drugs to cause fatal overdoses, along with cocaine and heroin.

The documentary points out that in the past 17 years, the number of prescription drug overdoses in the United States has more than quadrupled. In fact, accidental prescription drug overdose is the leading cause of injury death in one-third of U.S. states.

Every day, Arizona residents are living with the tragedy of losing loved ones to prescription drug abuse. If you need help for yourself or a loved one, take action now.

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