Greg Giraldo's death highlights prescription abuse problem
Giraldo, 44, was one of the handful of celebrities I've spotted when visiting New York City. I'll always remember the little frisson I felt when I walked past him on a sidewalk in Times Square.
That's a tenuous connection at best. But it still makes me feel even worse than I otherwise might about the loss of him and his talent to such an insidious cause.
The abuse of prescription drugs has been on the rise in the U.S. for the past few years, particularly among teenagers. It's a particularly troubling problem in which we parents might be taking part, unwittingly, in making these often-addictive drugs available to our kids.
Last Saturday the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration sponsored a medicine-chest clean-out, during which folks were urged to clear out their cabinets and bring unneeded medications to designated drop-off spots. (For those who didn't take part, here are guidelines for disposing of prescription drugs.)
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