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Friday, November 12, 2010

Family Shares Pain of Prescription Drug Death

Prescription drugs continue to plague families in America, fast becoming an epidemic on a scale never seen before with any types of drugs. Denver, much like San Diego, is going through its own struggle with high prescription drug abuse among young adults. People overdosing from prescription narcotics in Denver has gone through the roof and the number of deaths almost doubled between 2000 and 2009, increasing from 228 to 445 people last year according to Fox. "More people died in Colorado in 2009 as a result of prescription drug abuse than alcohol-related traffic accidents by a margin of almost 3 to 1". One family in the Denver area decided to share their experience with prescription drugs with the hopes that it may help people who are in the grips of addiction.

In 2002, at just 16 years of age, Jessica Liddell was severely injured in a car accident on C-470. Lindell's back injury caused her terrible pain which she used pain killers to combat; she quickly became addicted and had steadily increased her intake. "We just saw the quantity she was taking. It wasn't one or two—it was three, four, five. It was however many she felt she needed to get rid of the pain," said Taryn Quick, Lindell's sister-in-law. Sadly, last year Jessica overdosed at the age of 23 while taking Oxycodone and Xanax. “Doctors had to put her into a medically-induced coma as soon as she got into the hospital. She just had no brain activity", Quick said.

The family told Fox that the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department started an investigation to determine where the drugs originated, but, the two suspects they had in mind overdosed before anything could be resolved. Xanax is a strong sedative and when mixed with drugs like oxycodone is often lethal. "I just really want other people to know how heartbreaking it was for our family to lose Jessica and we don't want any other families to have to go through this. You don't have to die from it because it's usually always an accident,” said Quick.


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