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Dr. Drew Pinsky Joins National Association of School Nurses to Launch School Tool Kit Addressing Teen Prescription Drug Abuse
Date:10/19/2011

SILVER SPRING, Md., Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As the rate of teen prescription drug abuse continues to rise in the United States, the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., today joined with addiction expert Dr. Drew Pinsky,* to launch a new tool kit intended to help America's schools educate teens and their parents about the risks and consequences of abusing prescription medication.

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The Schools Get Smart, Schools Take Action Tool Kit is part of Smart Moves, Smart Choices, a national initiative of NASN and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., designed to inform parents, teens and educators about this growing problem of teen prescription drug abuse, and what they can do to combat it.

"According to a 2010 survey, 1 in 4 teens has abused a prescription medication, up from 1 in 5 teens in 2009,"(1,2) says addiction expert Dr. Drew Pinsky, who appears in Smart Moves, Smart Choices school assembly videos. "Teen prescription drug abuse is a problem of our time."

"Young people are putting themselves in danger -- even dying -- because they do not understand how dangerous these otherwise safe prescription medications can be when misused and abused," Pinsky continued. "School professionals who spend every day with teens are in a perfect position to drive this point home. I want to encourage schools to order the free School Tool Kit and begin a dialogue about teen prescription drug abuse today," Pinsky adds.

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