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1 WHEN PRESCRIPTION DRUGS GET PERSONAL THE FACE BEHIND THE FACTS:

2 Preventing Rx Abuse in Our Community KJ’s Story

3 Perfect Great Personality Smart Comedian/Actor 1988

4 Childhood Conflict Puberty Identity Seeking Anxiety/Depression IN BE“TWEEN”

5 “an expression that describes an event where a combination of circumstances will aggravate a situation drastically” “A term also used to describe a hypothetical hurricane that happens to hit at a region’s most vulnerable area resulting in the worst possible damage by a hurricane of its magnitude” A PERFECT STORM conflict puberty identity anxiety/depression

6 Authority/Influence Marijuana Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Crystal Meth WAVES OF PROGRESSION

7 “…A BLANKET AND A BIBLE…”

8 A NEW BEGINNING Youth Group Mission Trips Worship Leader GED/ College

9 CONSEQUENCES Anxiety Insomnia Memory Depression

10 JUNE 2009

11 CNS Depressant CNS Depressant Synergistic Effect PROZAC Prescribed METHADONE Not Prescribed Synergy - the phenomenon in which the combined action of two things, such as drugs, is greater than the sum of their effects individually. The result can be dangerous.

12 MIXED DRUG INGESTION WITH ACUTE PNEUMONIA (blood concentration levels) ▶ Fluoxetine ……. ▶ Methadone…… ▶ Flumazenil…… ug/mL 0.12 ug/mL present

13 KJ BRYAN OCTOBER 13, 1988 – JUNE 11, 2009

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16 KJS MESSAGE “This wasn’t supposed to happen.” “If someone wants something bad enough, they’ll find a way to get it.” “I only took one… once in awhile to help me sleep. This was not like before, it wasn’t addiction.”

17 OUR MESSAGE “He acquired Methadone from a family member, not from a dealer.” “Teens who wouldn’t touch illicit drugs might abuse prescription drugs.” “KJ’s past use of illicit drugs put him at a higher risk for prescription drug abuse but his past did not end his life.”

18 OUR MESSAGE A few of his friends knew but thought their silence was protecting him. Our son is gone. He isn’t coming back…

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