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Groups Aims to Tackle Addiction Through Awareness

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LAS VEGAS -- In a 24-hour town, alcohol and drugs are not hard to find. Addiction is a problem that continues to plague the community. But a local non-profit is working to not only give addicts help, but also step up prevention efforts.

"We are number one in addiction in the nation when it comes to opioid use. We use more hydrocodone per capita than any state in the nation," said David Marlon, Solutions Recovery.

Not only is Marlon one of the founders of Solutions Recovery which helps treat addicts, he sits on the board of the non-profit Care Coalition, a grass roots effort fighting against drug and alcohol abuse.

"We are working hardest on doing prevention and awareness so my son doesn't have to go down a road that I've watched so many patients go down," said Marlon.

From prescription pills and meth to marijuana and alcohol, the coalition deals with it all. They meet once a month to exchange ideas. Care Coaltion Executive Director Shelley Rezai says they come up with plans to tackle the problem head on.

"We might decide as a coalition that the number one drug problem is the prescription drug problem so we need to do something about that. So, it could be something like creating a med tracker or finding prescription locks to lock up medicine cabinets and how are we going to get this to the community," said Rezai.

Getting educational materials out to schools, parents and businesses is also key. Their clearinghouse just opened its doors two weeks ago. Pamphlets, books and videos are available to anybody who needs them; all for free.

"You could have a school administrator come in and say 'I really like these tips for teens, can I get 100 of those to pass out' and absolutely we can."

Rezai says it's all about opening up dialogue in the community to help prevent people from going down the wrong path. The coalition is open to anyone who wants to attend. Right now they have about 40 members. They meet the second Tuesday of each month at noon.

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