Bradley A Lorenzo Memorial Foundation for Chemical Dependency Recovery

Adolescence is a time of firsts, first boyfriend or girlfriend, and often, the first time experimenting with alcohol or drugs

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  When we, the Lorenzo family, lost our beloved son Bradley in February 2009 to the disease of drug addiction, we decided we needed to do whatever we could to help other addicts, families and our community in fighting this epidemic responsible for destroying so many lives....

Prescription drugs are drugs that have been prescribed to someone, but are used by those that have not been prescribed to. Many teens abuse prescrition drugs by buying things like Ritalin from students with ADHD. Other teens steal medications from parents and grandparents, such as OxyContin, and sell them to teens at school. Many teens become addicted to prescription drugs.

Across the country, prescription drug abuse is up in all age groups. Due to ease of access, youth under the age of 17 report that prescription drugs are the drugs of choice.

Even among teens that do not use drugs, it is acknowledged that they are fairly easy to come by. 29% of teens in grades 9 through 12 report that illegal drugs were made available to them on school property.

While addiction is rampant, most users don’t start off using heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil or any of the other narcotics that first responders see on a daily basis. Many addicts begin with a prescription for pain medication, gotten legally through a doctor’s office, typically for a minor injury,

It can take just two weeks of taking pain medication to become addicted. Opioids bind with the pleasure centers in the brain very easily.“There is a change in the body that starts adapting and starts requiring it,” 

Prescription Drug Abuse

 Did you know kids who learn about drug abuse from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use? Then  why have only 1 in 10 parents said they have spoken to their kids about drugs? 


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