Prescription drug abuse on the rise - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Prescription drug abuse on the rise

They are meant to help sick people deal with pain, but more teens are using prescription drugs for all the wrong reasons.  Local efforts are underway to educate people about the dangers of those drugs.

Police in Bullitt County and Louisville say prescription drug abuse is on the rise.  Last year, LMPD had more than 63,000 cases of Hydrocodone abuse.  They're urging everyone, including parents, to watch their medicine cabinets.

Sometimes those drugs fall into the hands of teens.  Last year, Louisville Metro Police say they had about 200 complaints about illegal prescription drug use among teenagers.

Some teens are holding what's called Pharm parties.  Teens are exchanging pills they get from friends or relatives.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy says teens are abusing prescription drugs because they believe the myth that the drugs are a medically safe high.  A study says Marijuana is still the top drug choice for high school seniors, but right behind it are Vicodin, amphetamines, cough medicine, sedatives, and trainquilizers.

Police are warning teens and adults that you can serve one to five years in jail for drug abuse.  A survey on drug use shows prescription drugs are the most commonly used drugs among 12 and 13 year olds.  State and local officials say to stop the problem, they'll need the community's help.

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On May 20 through the 22nd, the city is sponsoring a drug toss.  You can drop off your expired prescription drugs to be disposed of properly.  To find the locations, go to the News Links section right here at Fox41.com.

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