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Crenshaw Christian Center's Prescription For Long Life Health Expo Addresses Addiction To Prescription Drugs in the African American Community

TBN's Dr. Don Colbert To Serve As Keynote Speaker

As the world attempts to put the sorrow of the tragic death of Michael Jackson behind it, one of the many issues looming in the aftermath of the King Of Pop's passing is the growing danger of addiction to prescription drugs.

On Saturday, September 19th, Crenshaw Christian Center will partner with New York Times best-selling author Dr. Don Colbert and the Betty Ford Clinic to confront this issue and various health disparities at the church's annual Prescription For Long Life Health Expo. The expo, located on the church grounds at 7901 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles will be held from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free.

The Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has reported a trend of a 12 percent increase the abuse of nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers among adults ages 18 to 25.

"Our efforts against methamphetamine, cocaine, and other illegal drugs are working," said John Walters, the former director of National Drug Control Policy in a report released by the SAMHSA. "But when it comes to prescription drugs, we can not afford to re-live the painful experiences we've had with illegal drugs. We must act quickly to increase awareness of the dangers of prescription drug abuse, decrease the illegal diversion of these products, and shore up safer practices for their prescription and distribution."

The National Institute of Drug Abuse released a report in 2003 citing the most commonly abused drugs on the rise. The three classes are: 1.) Opioids--prescribed to treat pain 2.) Central Nervous System (CNS) depressants--prescribed to treat anxiety and sleep disorders and 3.) Stimulants--prescribed to treat the sleep disorder narcolepsy and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Members of the Betty Ford Center know all too well about this invisible threat and claim the number of African American addicted to prescription drugs is increasing.

"Persons 65 years and older account for most of the medications prescribed in the United States ," said Dr. Harry Haroutunian, Physician Director at the Betty Ford Center . "Older patients are more likely to be prescribed long-term and multiple prescriptions, which could lead to unintentional misuse.

"We want to raise awareness in the African American community and to offer support to families facing substance abuse problems," added Dr. Haroutunian.

Founded in 1982, the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California has treated women and men suffering from chemical dependency. Today, the center offers programs for the entire family.

Most diseases are caused by unhealthy lifestyles, poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, and inadequate sleep. Dr. Don Colbert will provide life-giving solutions to these maladies highlighted in his new book "Seven Pillars of Health" in a free seminar. (see www.sevenpillarsofhealth.com)

The day will comprise several seminars such as Healing Emotional Hurts, Menopause for the Male and the Female, Healthy Hair and Skin, Autoimmune Diseases and several free medical screenings. For a complete list of screenings visit the church's website at www.faithdome.org or call (323) 758-3777.

 

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