CCSD Police to hold prescription disposal event

LAS VEGAS -- There is a serious pill problem in Clark County schools. One drug coalition has seen kids as young as 8 years old abusing prescription drugs. Police say more than half of pill abusers get the pills from a friend or relative and it can be a deadly mistake.

School police say pill popping is a year-round event. Some kids even throw pharm parties where they take prescription pills from medicine cabinets and share them with friends. Police say prescription pills are every bit as dangerous and deadly as traditional illegal drugs.

Ali McCurdy says she is lucky to be alive. At 19, she was injured in a bad car crash, but it wasn't the crash that almost killed her.

"I got hit by an auto delivery truck, and I ended up having three levels of back pain," McCurdy said.

She says a doctor put her on pain medication and before she knew it, she was addicted. Life quickly spiraled out of control. McCurdy mixed pills with alcohol and used cocaine. She attempted to kill herself and even went to jail.

"Shortly after I got my second DUI, and I started blacking out and I started hospital visits, that's when it really started to spiral, this wasn't a joke anymore."

"I think it's because the parents and the children think because a doctor is prescribing it, that it's safer than illicit drugs," said Robert Mayer, Clark County School District police officer.

He says prescription drug abuse is a widespread problem in the school district. He says his department is serious about stopping the problem where it starts.

"There are pharm parties out there, but what we are seeing more is general abuse, kids getting drugs from -- not drug dealers -- but from their parents, aunts and uncles, and grandparents' medicine cabinet," Mayer said.

Law enforcement has been successful in collecting unused prescription pain medicine for disposal. Generally, hundreds of pounds of pills are turned in keeping them out of the hands of kids.

"God forbid, I could have hurt myself, I could have killed a family, I could have killed anybody and myself as well," McCurdy said.

She is now in recovery from drug addiction and wants to make sure other kids don't make the same mistake. McCurdy volunteers with Care Coalition, a state funded group that battles drug dependency issues in Clark County.

Care Coalition is teaming up with the school district police on Saturday, July 26 at Sierra Vista High School near Cimarron and Robindale roads. They are collecting unused prescription drugs for proper disposal and they will even shred documents. The event runs from 7 - 11 a.m.



 


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