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Group Fighting Against Rx Abuse
LOGAN -- Parents listen up! One in every four high school students is going to experiment with prescription pain pills this year. It's a decision that could be deadly. But one Ohio group is working to stop prescription drug abuse among young people. The group is called Hope Blooms. They go around to high schools, talking to students about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs.
The reason Hope Blooms is even in existence will break your heart.
"When she took one and mixed it with alcohol it was fatal," Melissa O'Hara-Brown said of her daughter.
It's an emotional moment as Melissa recalls the worst day of her life, when she found out her daughter, 21-year-old Hannah Brown, died of an accidental prescription drug overdose in December 2010. She got the call at work that Hannah was at the hospital.
"I said you need to tell me why Hannah is at your ER. And she said, she passed away. I remember screaming and crying and falling to the ground. Then I went to the ER and she had died because she mixed alcohol with Oxycodone and fell asleep," Melissa said.
Hannah was a fun-loving college student with straight A's. She had never been in trouble before. Like many young people, Hannah didn't realize just how dangerous a single pain pill can be.
"They truly believe that it's safe, safer. They don't believe they're using drugs. The doctor gave it to them, how bad can it be?" she said.
While Melissa can't bring Hannah back, she does want to prevent others from making the same mistake. So her family started Hope Blooms in Hannah's memory.
"We don't want anyone to suffer the loss we suffered because they didn't have the education," Melissa said.
Melissa says every time she talks to a class about Hannah's story, they're always shocked to learn more people die from accidental prescription drug overdoses than car accidents.
"We're saving children because they have education now," Melissa said.
Right now the Hope Blooms educational program is only in Southeast Ohio, but they're looking to expand to be in every high school across the state.
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