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Prescription drug tragedy inspires free short film musical

from Adventure Theatre MTC

Adventure Theatre MTC and artist Trish Glowacki announce the launch of WARNING: Take Only as Directed, a short film musical based on a personal tragedy that will serve to reduce parent and teen prescription drug abuse available free to download on the film's website, In 2010, an estimated 66,517 emergency department visits involving nonmedical use of pharmaceuticals were made by adolescents aged 12 to 17, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association. The film honors Trish's son, Charlie Glowacki, who lost his young life in 2011 due to a drug overdose after being introduced to prescription opioids. Glowacki hopes to change future prescription practices in parents and teens through her writing which has been adapted for the screen by Adventure Theatre MTC and local Washington, D.C., artists. "Prescription drugs are an unsuspecting killer in the home," states writer and artist, Trish Glowacki. "Most teens don't consider them dangerous because of their typical sources. SAMHSA reports in 2012-2013 persons aged 12 or older who used pain relievers non-medically in the past 12 months, 53.0 percent got the drug they used most recently from a friend or relative for free, and 10.6 percent bought the drug from a friend or relative. Another 21.2 percent reported that they got the drug through a prescription from one doctor." more

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