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What to do about pill popping?

By Bryan Le

05/14/13

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Many of the most dangerous drugs of abuse aren't illegal—in your home and dealt by your doctor, prescription drugs are highly addictive and highly available. Teens looking for a quick fix will often simply pop into their parents' medicine cabinets and overdose rates are a national tragedy. How did it get this bad? What have we done wrong and how can we let people know that legal doesn't mean safe? And how can we safely keep painkillers available to those who genuinely need them?

The Fix is once again teaming up with Phoenix House to host a Twitter chat to search for answers. Join us by logging into Twitter today at 3 pm EST and searching for the hashtag #rxchat. Tweet your answers to the questions posed by @_TheFix and @PhoenixHouse—if you don't follow them yet, do it now!—and make sure to include #rxchat in every tweet you send. Everyone is welcome to jump right in.

The lineup of participants includes: HLN host and Fix video columnist @JVelezMitchell; @MarioDoRightof the Mario Do Right Foundation, @drugwarmovie of the acclaimed film The House I Live In; @HealthyLiving, Huffington Post Health; @SoberCoachNY of A&E's Relapse; @houstonaaron of Students for Sensible Drug Policy; former prosecutor @copssaylegalize; addiction therapist and interventionist @maevro; social worker, Fix columnist and Newsweek/Daily Beast writer @Jeff_Deeney; @AnchorWestRehab men's treatment centers; addiction science journalists @Dirk57 and @Guinevere64; @WatershedCares treatment centers, and the Phoenix House contingent, headed up by CEO @HMeitiner. And of course your Fix staff, including, @GodfreyWill, @HRSLaton and @ShutUpMay. Follow them all to get the most out of the debate. See you there!

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