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'Prescription Drugs: Good Medicine - Bad Behavior;' Science Matters Program Explores the Rise in Prescription Drug Abuse Presented by the California Science Center

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California Science Center's Science Matters speakers program will examine a growing trend in substance abuse with "Prescription Drugs: Good Medicine - Bad Behavior" on Saturday, February 7, 2009 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Featured panelists will provide an overview of the science behind addiction and treatment for this new trend. The program will examine the rapid rise of this addiction, questioning whether efforts to curtail the distribution of other illegal drugs are one factor driving users to more easily accessible prescription drugs. Panelists will also debate what should happen to prevent this abuse; should we create more prescription drug legislation to further restrict the drug supply, or more intense public education to decrease demand? After the discussion, which is free to the public, audience members are encouraged to visit "Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause" to see the harmful effects of drugs firsthand.

Conan Nolan, NBC4 reporter, will serve as moderator for the panel discussion in the Loker Conference room at the California Science Center.

Panelists include: Kenneth Schell, PharmD., President, California State Board of Pharmacy and Vice President of Quality Assurance and Compliance with Prescription Solution; Marsha Stanton, PhD, RN Director of Scientific Communication, Alpharma/King Pharmaceuticals; Karen Miotto, MD, Medical Director, Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Ambulatory Care Center, Substance Abuse Programs; Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UCLA School of Medicine; and Francine Haight, R.N., Founder of RYAN'S Cause.

Program attendees will have a chance to hear the debates on this issue and to ask panelists questions at the end of the program. All those interested in attending may RSVP at 213-744-2420.

Science Matters is a successful, ongoing lecture series now in its fourth year at the California Science Center. The series investigates topics in current science, allowing guests to hear debates and discussions from a wide range of professionals. Last fall, when Science Matters explored the controversies behind human genetics, 70 percent of guests felt the program had exceeded their expectations. Ninety percent said the program improved their knowledge of genetics, and the program inspired almost 70 percent of attendees to take a more active role in monitoring their own health.

About the California Science Center

The California Science Center's mission is as follows: "We aspire to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences, because we value science as an indispensable tool for understanding our world, accessibility and inclusiveness, and enriching people's lives."

General Info: Admission is free; to reserve a seat please RSVP at 213-744-2420.

The California Science Center and IMAX Theater are located in historic Exposition Park just west of the Harbor (110) Freeway at 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. General admission is free. For recorded information, including IMAX show times, call 323.SCIENCE (323.724-3623). IMAX ticket prices range from $4.75 to $8.00. For advance ticket purchases, group rates, or to make reservations for any visiting group of 15 or more (required), call 213.744-2019. Parking is available in the guest lot at Figueroa and 39th Street at $8 per car, $10 for buses or oversized vehicles. Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible. For further information, please visit our website at

    CONTACT: Kristina Kurasz
    (213) 744-7446

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