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Winning Videos--Stop Rx Abuse, North Carolina

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Sara Bellum

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

“Unintentional poisoning” may make you think about small children accidentally taking medicines they find at home, but they make up the smallest fraction of the total—less than 1%! It’s much more likely to happen to a teen or an adult, mostly because of prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse.

Video PSA Contest

In March 2012, the North Carolina Attorney General announced the “Stop Rx Abuse” video public service announcement (PSA) contest [link removed]. The contest encouraged teens to create brief PSA videos on teen prescription drug abuse.

Check out the winning videos [link removed], selected from over 130 submissions from North Carolina teens in grades 9–12. You can also watch the 10 honorable mention videos on YouTube.

First Place

Homero Plancarte’s video shows how prescription drug abuse can have unexpected effects. The video’s tagline is, “One life, One wrong decision, Prescription drugs kill.”


Second Place

Trevor Belk’s video describes how people usually associate drug abuse with meth labs and street alleys, even though more people in North Carolina die from prescription drug overdoses than any other group of drugs.


Third Place

Carson Banks’ video describes facts related to prescription drug abuse and the arrests and deaths that can result from it. The video is brought together with the tagline, “Life is not a video. There is no rewind.”


Is your state, school, or community doing something to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse? If so, what are they doing?

To learn more about prescription drug abuse or how you can help spread the word, check out NIDA’s prescription drug abuse awareness campaign for teens, PEERx.  

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These are great videos! Congrats to all the teens who are fighting drug abuse.

that first place video was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

These video's are excellent and a great idea to raise awareness for parents, schools and students. However...

What I see as a counselor and concerned citizen is the push by doctor's and schools alike to diagnose children too quickly with "symptoms" of behavioral disorders and "diseases" that lead to RX for children and therefore give an underlying message that prescription drugs are good, needed and should be passed around...also they are also lucrative if you sell them on campus.

This is the center core of the problem. Why are we giving double messages to kids? The CDC reports that 1 out of 10 in the U.S. from the ages of 12 up on some kind of anti-depressant. Let's deal with the larger problem. Do we really need all those drugs? I propose far more counseling and a lot less quick answers with drug dependancy.

wow I never knew that prescribed where so dangerous. I love the videos they managed to put the point across in a very artistic and effective way! Thanks for sharing this with us.

nice video, very inspiring

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It is so amazing how you go to the doctor and without any blood test and only 5 min of medical visual evaluation, he knows what kinds of drugs you need..... IT IS DRUGS and doctors should not give RX just because

like the videos