Lifewatch: Prescription Drug Abuse

Reported by Claire Hosmann - email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

OKLAHOMA (WECT) - According to the Partnership for a Drug Free America, one in five teenagers abuse prescription medications to get high.

While prescription painkillers and other medications help some people live more productive lives, abuse of these drugs has dramatically increased.

Many people feel that prescription drugs are safer and less addictive than street drugs, but in reality the abuse of these drugs can be deadly.

Gary Neal of Oklahoma is on a mission to help stop teenagers from abusing prescription drugs.

"They're taking it out of people's drug cabinets. They're not taking bottles. They're taking 2 or 3 pills and trading it with their friends," said Neal.

Neal believes a combination of someone else's prescription painkillers and cold medication proved deadly for his 17-year-old son in 2006.

"Intentionally abusing prescription drugs is not safer. In fact can be every bit as dangerous as legal street drugs," said Neal.

Neal has teamed dup with the Partnership for a Drug-Free America to promote a program called, "Not in my House."

The group says to keep an inventory of the drugs you have in the house, store them in a safe, secure place, throw away old prescription, and talk to your teen.