BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Wednesday morning a group of college students are vowing to take a stand against the abuse of prescription painkillers. There is a local push to fight a national epidemic.
“Painkillers kill more than pain,” is the campaign’s slogan and no one knows that better than Avi Israel.
Israel said, “We wanted you to pay attention and that was the slogan.”
Israel said, “What we’re trying to achieve is educate the public, educate the doctors about the dangers of opiates. We’re not trying to take the medicine away from anyone, by no means at all.”
Israel lost his son, Michael, several years ago after he became addicted and killed himself. The CDC says 100 people die from drug overdoses every day in the United States, mostly from prescription drugs.
With millions of dollars invested in billboards and other advertising, paid for by local businesses and organizations, the Project Hope campaign is launching Wednesday at Buffalo State College.
Students can sign a pledge, vowing to be responsible when using prescription medication. Israel hopes the campaign helps to save lives.
“I wish someone would have done this three years ago, Michael would be alive today,” said Israel.
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