Raising awareness to help save lives.
Prescription opioid painkiller abuse is a growing problem in the State of Maine and nationally. U.S. residents make up 5% of the world’s population, but Americans consume 75% of the world’s prescription drugs and 99% of the world’s hydrocodone. People who abuse these prescription painkillers are 40 times more likely to abuse heroin.
The Maine Office of the Attorney General, led by Attorney General Janet T. Mills, is committed to helping prevent the abuse of prescription painkillers in Maine. Through DOSE OF REALITY: Prevent Prescription Painkiller Abuse in Maine Public Awareness, Education, and Prevention Effort, the Attorney General is looking to help save lives by preventing prescription painkiller addiction.
The goals of the DOSE OF REALITY public information effort are to:
- Raise awareness of the prescription painkiller abuse crisis in Maine
- Clearly communicate the risks and dangers of improper use, storage, and disposal of prescription painkillers
- Get Maine residents to take action by:
- Using prescriptions only as directed
- Storing prescription painkillers safely and securely
- Disposing unwanted and unused prescription painkillers properly and safely