Nurse who lost sons to opioids becomes advocate for prescription drug safety

Rebecca Savage, a trained OB-GYN nurse, created a prescription drug safety foundation after her two sons died from accidental overdoses in 2015, according to USA Today.

Here are four things to know:

1. Ms. Savage has spoken about prescription drug safety to about 60,000 students and parents since her sons — 19-year-old Nick Savage and 18-year-old Jack Savage — died from a lethal mix of alcohol and oxycodone in 2015.

2. Ms. Savage created the 525 Foundation to honor their sons and raise awareness about the dangers of mixing prescription drugs and alcohol.

3. She also serves as an ambassador for the Walgreens #ItEndsWithUs campaign, which seeks to educate teens about the opioid epidemic.Ms. Savage said partnering with the company made sense, citing its Safe Medication Disposal Program, which will install 1,000 medication disposal kiosks in Walgreens stores this year.

"I'm a nurse. I'm not against pain control if people need it," she said. "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."

4. As part of her advocacy work, Ms. Savage encourages parents to help their children create an exit strategy they can use if offered prescription drugs.

Click here to view 525 Foundation's website.

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