WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Rebecca Savage lost her two teenage sons in 2015 after they mixed alcohol with prescription drug oxycodone, a painkiller.
- In her collaboration with Walgreens, Savage explained the partnership is sensible because lives could be saved if people don’t keep unused prescriptions in the medicine cabinet.
- Savage urges parents to talk with their kids about drugs and not only focus on the dangers but also how to say no when drugs are offered.
Rebecca Savage and her sons openly talked about illegal drugs and alcohol, but not about prescription drugs.
“Prescription drug use 2½ years ago was not even on our radar,” Savage informed All the Moms.
Her sons, Jack, 18 and Nick, 19, died on June 14, 2015, after coming home from a graduation party. The cause of death is mixing alcohol with the painkiller prescription drug oxycodone. The boys weren’t drug dependents, in fact, both of them graduated with honors and had both been captains of their school’s hockey team.
After her sons’ death, the Indiana mom made it a mission to save young people by spreading awareness. Savage spoke to almost 60,000 students and parents about her sons, aiming to help teens to find means in saying no once offered with any kinds of drugs.
In cooperation with Walgreens, Savage recently introduced the outline of her advocacy work. On Sept. 26, she spoke to 19,000 students about her sons’ deaths as part of WE Day UN, a youth empowerment event at Barclays Center, Brooklyn. Other speakers included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sarah Michelle Gellar and British royal Princess Beatrice.
Savage also supports Walgreens Safe Medication Disposal Program. This year, Walgreens will put 1,000 medication disposal kiosks in its chains. The program started in 2016 and the stores collected 270 tons of prescriptions from people who don’t need medications anymore.
Savage, an OB nurse and former professor, explained the partnership is reasonable because lives could be saved if people have no unused prescriptions in the medicine cabinet.
“I’m a nurse. I’m not against pain control if people need it,” she declared. “But I am for being responsible with your medication and disposing of it properly and Walgreens has stepped up to the plate to help do that.”
As part of the healing process, the Savages keep the memories of their sons alive through the 525 Foundation, named after the boy’s hockey numbers (Jack’s 5 and Nick’s 25).
According to Savage when parents talk with their kids about drugs they just focus on the dangers and missed the “how to say no when drugs are offered.”
“I talk a lot about sitting down and talking with your kids and coming up with an exit plan. It’s not a matter of if your kid will find themselves in a situation where prescription drugs will be offered, it’s a matter of when. We need to talk to our kids and come up with a plan about how they can get out of it,” Savage said.
Source: USA Today