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Parents, Physicians Unite and Declare: State of Emergency
Date:2/10/2011

rett are from Manatee County, FL. When she walked into his bedroom on the morning of August 20th, she thought he looked so much like he had when he was a little boy.  But actually her little boy was gone forever. She laid down beside him for one last time before the emergency crew arrived.  Garrett had accidentally overdosed on prescription drugs. He took a mixture of Xanax and OxyContin before bed, put his head on his pillow and never woke up again. "I thought, 'Who does this?  Who plans a funeral for their 20-year-old kid?'," said Harney. "Nothing brings my boy back.  But if I can save another child and save another family from the pain of losing their child, then I'll continue to fight to try to make a difference."

Harney with Ruth Lyerly, another mom who lost her son too soon because of prescription drug abuse, started Families Against Addictive Drug Abuse (FAADA). This week the organization is in Washington, DC speaking to dozens of legislators on behalf of thousands of family members nationwide who have lost a loved one to prescription abuse.  

FAADA and numerous parents and physicians, like Dr. Brown, will not rest until a solution is found. "We're asking people to contact their congressmen and demand a congressional hearing to begin a discussion to end this crisis. Obviously what we have been doing over the past few years has not worked. People are dying. This needs to be resolved," said Dr. Brown.

To contact your state congressman visit:  www.contactingthecongress.org

About Families Against Addictive Drug Abuse (FAADA)

FAADA strives for communities that are fully engaged in preventing the occurrence of addiction and deaths related to substance abuse which are the result of easy access, lack of information, or lack of effective treatment resources.  They accomplish this through effective education, networking, and advoc
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