Prescription Drug Abuse Lobbying
Two Florida mothers lobbied this week in Washington, D.C. for stricter laws to stop the epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
Ruth Lyerly, of Bradenton, and Cindy Harney, of Sarasota, each lost a son to prescription drug abuse. The women joined U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, in meetings at the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Food and Drug Administration, urging stricter regulations of prescription drugs and closure of pill mills.
“This time, we really wanted answers, we weren’t here for a sympathy party. We can’t bring our boys back, talking is not getting it done. There needs to be some action, hopefully this bill will get it going,” said Lyerly, a retired nurse. Her son, Todd, committed suicide at 18, after deciding no one could help him overcome an addiction to prescription drugs.
Harney’s son, Garrett, died in 2006 at the age of 20 after overdosing on Oxycodone and Xanax.
“Forty people are dying a day in the U.S. – 13 in Florida alone,” said Buchanan, who has filed legislation to stop the proliferation of pill mills.