Prescription drug

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St. Mary Church is featuring the play "Legally Addicted" Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. Presented by The Fairmount Center for the Arts, "Legally Addicted" addresses the dangers of prescription drugs. The tour is scheduled to visit several Northeast Ohio high schools and higher learning institutions in the 2012-13 academic year.

Commissioned by Fairmount and written by Cleveland playwright Jacqui Loewy, "Legally Addicted" helps bring issues related to prescription drug abuse to light through the live theater experience. The show includes a 35-minute production performed by a professional acting troupe, as well as a post-play dialogue led by substance abuse and recovery experts from Recovery Resources of Cleveland.

According to the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC, from 1999 to 2010, Ohio's death rate due to unintentional drug overdose increased 372 percent, driven largely by prescription drug overdoses. In 2010, prescription drug overdose deaths killed 1,544 Ohioans (one person every six hours). From 2006 to 2009, prescription pain relievers have been associated with more overdose deaths in Ohio than heroin and cocaine combined.

"Legally Addicted" is made possible thanks to the generous support of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and in partnership with the Cuyahoga County Department of Health and Recovery Resources.

Call Diana Abood in the St. Mary Life Teen office at 330-653-8118 ext. 253 for more information.