A Granger mom, deeply affected by the opioid crisis, spread her message to Niles students Thursday.
Becky Savage lost her 2 teenage sons to overdose in June 2015.
They had been to a party where they had alcohol and opioids and paid the ultimate price.
Savage started the “525 foundation” after her sons died and to mark Red Ribbon Week, she shared their story at Niles High School.
“Have those conversations to talk to your kids. Talk to your friends. Be open with it,” she said. “Talk to your teachers, anybody who will listen about the dangers of misuse of prescription drugs and other kinds of drugs, that they do have negative impacts on people’s lives.”
If you also want to make a difference, you can keep old pills out of others’ hands during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday.
A majority of abused prescription drugs are taken from family and friends and are often found in the medicine cabinet.
Some police departments, like South Bend, have permanent pill drop boxes where you can get rid of medications anytime.
They should be in sealed bags or containers.
For more information, visit the DEA’s Diversion Control Division website.
To find a collection site near you, visit their location search site.