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Prescription Drug Abuse

Winning Videos--Stop Rx Abuse, North Carolina

Sara Bellum
September 20, 2012

Narcotics and prescription drugs account for about 75% of all deaths caused by unintentional poisonings in North Carolina. Read More »

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SADD Florida advisor Sherry Viersen (far left) and teen ambassadors Naya Zapata, Destiny Ramos, and Julissa Pardomo are joined by U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A. (center).

SADD Florida Teens "Share a Dose of Reality" at the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit

Julissa Pardomo, Destiny Ramos, and Naya Zapata, SADD Florida
May 15, 2012

Did you know that of the top 22 substances teens abused across the country in 2011, 8 were prescription drugs often found in the family medicine cabinet? Read More »

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Choose Your Path BFF or the Ex

Prescription Opioid Abuse Can Lead to Heroin Abuse

Sara Bellum
May 03, 2012

You may have heard marijuana referred to as a “gateway drug,” meaning that it can open doors to other kinds of drug abuse. But did you know that prescription painkillers can be gateway drugs to heroin? Read More »

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Help Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse: Ask Mom and Dad To Clean Out the Medicine Cabinet

Sara Bellum
April 10, 2012

Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are among the most commonly abused drugs by high school seniors. Read More »

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Teens at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington at the Germantown, MD, branch

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington Members Shatter the Myths About Drug Abuse

Sara Bellum
February 09, 2012

NIDA scientists aren’t the only people on a mission to shatter the myths about drug abuse among youth. Read More »

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