eye-3-yellow-3d-2-new-logo philly_kyw_new philly_94wip_new 35h_cbssportsrad_philly philly_wpht_new

Local

Health, Legal Experts Explore Solutions Against Rising Tide of Prescription Drug Abuse

View Comments
(Zane Memeger, US attorney for the Philadelphia region.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

(Zane Memeger, US attorney for the Philadelphia region. Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Mike DeNardo Mike DeNardo
Mike DeNardo, a veteran of KYW Newsradio for more than 25 years,...
Read More

CBS Philly (con't)

Affordable Care Act Updates: CBSPhilly.com/ACA

Health News & Information: CBSPhilly.com/Health

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

By Mike DeNardo

VILLANOVA, Pa. (CBS) — Law enforcement officials were joining academics and health experts today at Villanova University for a summit on the growing problem of prescription drug abuse.

The abuse of prescription drugs is now a more widespread problem than cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines combined, says US attorney Zane Memeger.

He addressed a summit at Villanova, tackling how best to stem the tide:

“For a person with an addiction problem that needs treatment, criminal prosecution isn’t going to necessarily be the way to go,” he said.  “If you’re trafficking in these controlled substances, that’s a different ballgame.”

Dr. Mary McGonigle, director of Villanova’s student health center, gives the example of a student with a heart rate of 120 because he took his roommate’s Adderall to study for an exam:

“Those drugs are in a class of drugs that are stimulants,” she says.  “And used inappropriately, they can certainly adversely affect your health.”

She warns that some medications can be addictive, creating long-term implications to consider.

 

Top Content On CBSPhilly

View Comments
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 31,330 other followers