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Mentor Foundation USA Holds Conference Focusing on the Growing Trend of Prescription Drug Abuse Among Youth
Date:11/4/2011

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mentor Foundation USA, the international organization that is focused on preventing drug abuse among youth, joined the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Embassy of Sweden in observing National Drug Abuse Facts Day on Nov. 2, bringing together top scientists, parents, educators, counselors, community members and students to find ways to address the growing problem of prescription drug abuse by youth.

Speakers at the conference, which was held at the House of Sweden in Washington, included Dr. Robert L. DuPont, former head of NIDA and former Drug Czar;  Dr. Wilson Compton of NIDA; David Mineta, deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; Cecilia Fant, Detective Inspector from the Swedish National Bureau of Investigation (who talked by telephone from Stockholm); Ken Winters, from the University of Minnesota; Jamila Sams, program director for Mentor Foundation USA; and Sharon Brigner, deputy vice president for PhARMA.

Yvonne Thunell, chairman of Mentor Foundation and Mentor Foundation USA, welcomed the audience at the start of the conference and stated, "It is extremely important to raise the awareness regarding the magnitude of the misuse of prescription medicine among youth, and that is what we hope this conference will achieve.  We have gathered parents, educators, and other experts in the field to talk about this growing problem and learn best practices on how it can best be prevented. We need to work together in preventing the newest threats of substance abuse among today's youth."  

According to Dr. Robert DuPont, who is currently the president of the Institute for Behavior and Health, "prescription drug abuse is the defining drug problem for youth of the 21st Century."

The facts about prescription drug abuse by youth are striking:

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