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Escalating Trend of Prescription Drug Abuse Among Youth Seminar Hosted by Mentor Foundation USA

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mentor Foundation USA, the leading global organization in preventing drug abuse among youth, joins the National Institute on Drug Abuse and The Embassy of Sweden in observing National Drug Facts Day by bringing together top scientists, parents, educators and community members to address the growing problem of prescription drug abuse among youth.

The seminar will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Embassy of Sweden, 2900 K Street, N.W.  Speakers include Dr. Wilson Compton, NIDA epidemiology director, who will address the scope of the problem, and deputy director David Mineta of the Office of National Drug Control Policy who will discuss White House Strategy on youth prescription drug abuse.  

The facts about prescription drug abuse among youth are striking:

  • An estimated 56 percent of youth aged 12 or older report that they got and most recently used prescription drugs "from a friend or relative for free."
  • About 71 percent of drug-induced overdose deaths were due to prescription drugs, according to a 2010 report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

"Prescription drug abuse is the defining drug problem for youth of the 21st Century," says Dr. Robert Dupont, current president of the Institute for Behavior and Health, and first director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Ms. Yvonne Thunell, chairman of Mentor International and Mentor Foundation USA, shares a similar point of view. "About one-third of high school seniors across the country report using an illicit drug sometime in the past year and more than 10 percent report non-medical use of a narcotic painkiller."

The focus of the conference is three-fold: to raise awareness to the magnitude around the misuse of prescription medicine among youth; to gather parents, educators, and experts in the field to discuss this growing problem; and to learn best practices on how it can best be prevented.

About the Mentor Foundation USA. The Mentor Foundation USA was founded in 1994 by H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden and the World Health Organization (WHO) and is the leading global drug prevention organization for youth.

Open to press and media:
November 2, 2011 between 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the House of Sweden 2900 K Street, NW, Washington D.C. 20007

For more information, please contact Michaela Pratt:  (202) 536-1594

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