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Deadline extended for Stop Rx Abuse video contest

Release date: 4/18/2012

AG sponsors contest to seek teens’ help fighting prescription drug abuse

Raleigh: It’s not too late for North Carolina high school students to help fight prescription drug abuse and overdose deaths by entering a video contest sponsored by Attorney General Roy Cooper and the NC Department of Justice.
 
To educate young people about the dangers of prescription drug abuse, Cooper is partnering with the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists, and the Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse to sponsor a student video competition.
 
“Prescription drug abuse is a silent killer that’s on the rise, especially among young people,” Cooper said. “We need students to tell us the best message to fight this epidemic.”
 
Cooper is asking students to create public service announcement videos on the topic of teen prescription drug abuse. All students enrolled in grades nine through 12 in North Carolina are eligible to enter. 
 
The deadline for the competition has been extended until April 27 to allow more students time to participate.
 
The student whose video is judged to be the best will win an Apple iPad, and the runners-up will receive an iPod Touch and an iTunes gift card. The winning video will also be featured on the website for the NC Department of Justice.
 
To participate in the contest:
1.      Produce an original video and upload it to YouTube.
2.      Send an email to stoprxabuse@ncdoj.gov that includes a link to the video, your name, grade level, and school name.
3.      Complete the application and release form (available at www.ncdoj.gov) and mail it along with a transcript of the video to:
      Prescription Drug Abuse PSA Competition
      NC Department of Justice
      9001 Mail Service Center
      Raleigh, NC 27699-9001
More details including the contest application are available at www.ncdoj.gov. Information on the contest has also been sent to high school principals statewide.



Media contact:  Noelle Talley (919) 716-6413