Prescription pills - they're lifesavers. But when abused, they can be deadly. Now, they've become the latest street drugs - bought and sold for cold cash in broad daylight and they're ravaging kids, leading some to declare a public health crisis.
MSNBC follows agents of the DEA as they crack down on dealers and also reports on kids getting high right at home or getting pills online…turning the internet into a 21st century drug dealer. We also show how desperate junkies hooked on pills commit desperate crimes, such as a modern day "Wild West" gang that terrorized four states and scores of drugstores.
Al Roker Reporting: Generation Rx reairs Saturday, April 18 at 6 PM ET.
The story of Jason Surks, a 19-year-old college student who died from prescription pill abuse, is one of the stories we tell in this program. Jason's mother, Linda Surks is a professional in the field of drug and alcohol abuse.
Linda Surks began working in the substance abuse prevention field when Jason was six years old. Educating her kids about the many risks of substance abuse, she never dreamed that in thirteen years, her son would die of prescription medications. Linda has worked with other families who share the pain of loss to build Families Changing America. Their goal is to help spare others from experiencing that pain.
Leave your questions for Linda Surks and she will respond later in the week.
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This program is the second in a series in which Al Roker reports on problems affecting the country and how government agencies are responding. Tune in Sunday, March 8 for the premiere of Al Roker Reporting: Heroin Inc. and Sunday, March 15 for the premiere of Al Roker Reporting: Marijuana Inc.