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Mary Engholm is busy this Friday.

Then again, she's been busy most days over the last two years.

She's a substance abuse counselor, and the Director of RICCA, the Rock Island County Council on Addictions. 

And addictions are on the rise. 

"Young adults, adults, elderly.. Across the board," she explains. "Most people who become addicted to prescription drugs, adults, become addicted because initially they had a condition that needed that prescription."

Engholm relates addiction to falling into a trap. 

A trap that you may not even know you are falling into.

"What happens is they develop a tolerance to the medication and begin needing more to manage the pain," Engholm says. "When a person is under the influence of something, it limits their ability to live life."

But, through her experience, Engholm says she has notice the reasons adults and teens start abusing, are very different. 

"With adolescents, we have a problem with them because they will take any pill, not know what it's gonna do. Or what the consequences are." 

And those consequences can be sever, depending on what you're taking.

"We've had adolescents who will take their parents or grandparents heart medication. They will take seizure medication. If it's in a prescription bottle and it has a a label that says it will make you drowsy, they know it's something they'll like."

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