BANGOR- Medical professionals say the number of overdoses happening is on the rise.
According to a 2016 National Drug Survey, 7% of 18 to 25 year-olds have misused prescription pain killers.
Husson University is trying to make sure their students are aware of the risks.
Wednesday night, Husson’s Student Health Services screened the film “If They Had Known.”
The film follows the friends and family of a college student who died after fatally mixing drugs and alcohol.
“I think this movie really brings home the point that if it’s a prescription medication mixed with alcohol it can be deadly,” said Vijay Amarendran, the director of addiction services at PCHC.
He says the number of overdoses has risen about 25% over the past 8 to 10 years.
“We’re hoping to bring in a better understanding of the problem,” Amarendran said. “I think people underestimate the dangers associated with benzos because it’s a prescription”
Panelists emphasized how important it is to be aware of the signs and get help before it’s too late.
“If you end up knowing you could’ve said something you didn’t and that would be a heavy burden for anyone to bear,” said Jackie Ireland, the clinical coordinator of student health services at Husson University’s Wellness Center.
It’s also important to know how your prescriptions would mix with alcohol or other substances.