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Arkansas Has Highest Rate Of Teenagers Abusing Prescription Drugs

Arkansas has the highest number of teenagers abusing prescription drugs. Sixty three percent of teenagers in Arkansas are abusing drugs that are coming from family medicine cabinets. Twenty one percent of high school seniors in Arkansas admit they have abused prescription painkillers. Thirty three percent of teenagers in Arkansas believe “there’s nothing wrong” with using prescription pills. “We don’t want our kids to die from prescription abuse. There is a myth of safety with prescription drugs; we are trying to teach that they [prescription pills] are not,” said Steve Varady, policy coordinator with the Office of the State Drug Director.

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