EL PASO, Texas —
El Paso is taking on the issue of prescription drug abuse in our community. Wednesday, a new task force is being formed whose sole purpose is to put an end to this.
Local law enforcement, hospitals and rehab clinics are all part of the task force.
The goal is to inform the public about the dangers of heroin and prescription drug abuse.
As we reported, local rehab clinics say that one in five teens have abused or misused prescription drugs like Vicodin or oxycodone.
The group’s first step is holding a town hall to teach people about opioid abuse. They want to make sure people aren’t afraid or embarrassed to ask for help before something worse happens.
Something worse did happen to recovering heroin addict Sean Baird. He sayssaid his addiction put him in and out of jail many times.
Baird said it’s not a way to treat this illness.
“There’s something that I’ve learned throughout time that people say, ‘Well, you just got to hit your bottom. You just got to hit your bottom and that’s what’ll get you to stop,’” Baird said. “Well, I’ve learned that there is no bottom. There’s only one and that’s death.”
Baird said getting arrested and going to jail wasn’t the solution for him. He had to surround himself with people who wouldn’t allow him to veer of the path to recovery.