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Prescription drug abuse on the rise among teens

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Prescription drug abuse among teens has risen 33 percent since 2008, according to WebMD.

It's a problem Dr. Bennett with Jonesboro Clinic says he deals with quite a bit.

"Pretty often, we see several of them a week," said Bennett.

It's not just alcohol being supplied at parties, kids are now experimenting with pills.

"These things are available at parties just like alcohol and they lower inhibitions to feel more at ease or share an experience at a party," said Bennett.

Most of the time, young adults are getting their hands on prescription drugs from their own home.

"The number one place young people get things like hydrocodon  and oxycodon is out of mom and dad's medicine cabinet," said Bennett.

Dr. Bennett said many of his patients get started with a legitimate prescription for pain

"Usually after surgery or after an accident, there are physicians who prescribe the medication with nothing but good intentions," said Bennett.

However, as the left over prescription sits in the medicine cabinet, it becomes easily available for recreational use.

"Hydrocodone is widely abused as is oxycodone and so is xanex," said Bennett.

Any misuse of the medications can lead to addiction and in some cases can become fatal.

"Nationally, the rate of lethal overdoses of prescription pain killers has surpassed death due to gun violence and is increasing every year," said Bennett.

He recommends hiding any pain killers in a place that is not easily accessible.

"A lock box or something with a combination," said Bennett.

If you have old medications you would like to get rid of, visit one of these drug drop off locations in your area, this Saturday.

1. Bay City Hall
Take Back Event Site
Agency: Bay Police Department
220 Elder St., Bay

Phone: 870-781-3221

2. Harrisburg Police Department
Take Back Event Site
Agency: Harrisburg Police Department
202 N East St, Harrisburg
Phone: 870-578-2530

3. Family Dollar
Take Back Event Site
Agency: Walnut Ridge Police Department
500 SW Front St, Walnut Ridge
Phone: 870-759-0727

4. Jackson County Sheriff's Office
Take Back Event Site
Agency: Jackson County Sheriff's Office
617 Second St, Newport
Phone: 870-523-5842

5. Imboden Substation
Take Back Event Site
Agency: Lawrence County Sheriff's Office
100 S Walnut St., Imboden
Phone: 870-869-1260

6. Rector Police Department
Take Back Event Site
Agency: Rector Police Department

409 S Stewart St, Rector
Phone: 870-595-2423

7. Harps Parking Lot
Take Back Event Site
Agency: Corning Police Department
301 N Missouri Ave, Corning
Phone: 870-323-3361

8. Marion Police Department
Take Back Event Site
Agency: Marion Police Department
14 E Military Rd, Marion
Phone: 870-739-2101 b

9. Piggott Police Department
Take Back Event Site
Agency: Piggott Police Department
194 W Court St, Piggot
Phone: 870-598-2295

10. Sharp County Sheriff's Office
Take Back Event Site
Agency: Sharp County Sheriff's Office
30 A. Court Drive, Ash Flat
Phone: 870-994-7356

11. Sharp County Courthouse
Take Back Event Site
Agency: Sharp County Sheriff's Office
718 Ash Flat Dr, Ash Flat
Phone: 870-994-7356

12. Mountain View Police Department
Take Back Event Site
Agency: Mountain View Police Department
203 S Peabody Ave, Mountain View
Phone: 870-269-4211

13. Searcy Police Department
Take Back Event Site
Agency: Searcy Police Department
101 N Gum St, Searcy
Phone: 501-279-1021

14. Farrar Health Sciences Center
Take Back Event Site
Agency: Searcy Police Department
Harding Campus, 915 E Market Ave, Searcy
Phone: 501-279-1021

15. Harding University
Take Back Event Site
Agency: White County Sheriff's Office
915 E Market Ave, Searcy
Phone: 501-279-6279

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