An Oklahoma rally inspired by a tragic loss of life from prescription drug abuse was recently held . Rallies like this continue to spread the word about the prescription drug abuse problem in the country. As more and more people come to realize how big of a problem it actually is we can finally begin to take action to solve the problem.
The mother of former OU football player Austin Box and others joined at the state Capitol today to launch a campaign to bring awareness to prescription drug abuse. Gail Box spoke to the crowd about the Coalition Against Rx Drug Epidemic (CARE).
Austin Box died in 2011. His autopsy showed he had five prescription painkillers and an anti-anxiety drug in his system when he died.
The state health department says drug overdoses increased by nearly 400 percent from 1999 to 2013.