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Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug pill bottles sit on a table while a man looks at themPrescription drug abuse is on the rise in North Carolina and across the country.  Prescription drugs such as painkillers can be highly addictive and every bit as dangerous as street drugs.
When abused or misused, prescription drugs can even be deadly. According to data from the N.C. Division of Public Health, more than 1,000 people in North Carolina die from prescription drug overdose each year.According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, more Americans died from prescription drug overdoses than motor vehicle wrecks 

Preventing Drug Abuse
To help stop prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands, take advantage of prescription drug take back events across the state during Operation Medicine Drop.  Parents should consider locking up prescription drugs in the home to protect children.

Educating Young People
Many teens mistakenly think prescription drugs are safer than illicit drugs.  According to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services national survey, among people ages 12-17 prescription drugs are the second most abused drug behind marijuana.  The survey also found that most people age 12 or older who abuse prescription drugs get them from a friend or family member for free.