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Prescription drug abuse on the rise, Cape Fear Coalition aims for awareness

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - According to the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, prescription drugs sit at the top of the list, along with marijuana and synthetic drugs, for reported drug busts in 2012.

Coastal Horizons drug prevention specialist Jane McDonald says the issue is affecting a growing number of11th and 12th graders around the area.

The Cape Fear Coalition for a Drug Free Tomorrow is set to host an event, "Lunch and Learn Prescription Drug Abuse & What's Happening in Our Community," to bring awareness to the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse in the Cape Fear area.

The event will take place at the Elks Lodge in Wilmington on Thursday, March 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Elks Lodge is located at 5102 Oleander Drive in Wilmington.

Organizers say space is limited. To RSVP or for more information, contact McDonald at prevent@coastalhorizons.org or call (910) 202-0840.

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