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

th aged 12 or older report that they got and most recently used prescription drugs "from a friend or relative for free."
In the United States, there are more unintentional overdose drug deaths due to prescription drugs than for heroin or cocaine.
According to a 2010 report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 71 percent of drug-induced overdose deaths were due to prescription drugs.
Some 20 percent of all high school seniors in the U.S. admit to using an illicit drug within the past year.

Mentor Foundation USA joined the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Embassy of Sweden, the University of Minnesota Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research and the Institute for Behavior and Health in presenting the conference.

Earlier in the day, Mentor Foundation USA invited 100 D.C. high school students to the House of Sweden to interact with top U.S. scientific experts and guest speakers to shatter the myths about drugs and to pledge to stay drug free.  The guest speakers included NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow and R&B recording artist Mario (Barrett), of The Mario Do Right Foundation. The George Washington University Center for Alcohol/Peer Drug Educators presented workshops in a game show format, and the fashion clothing retailer H&M announced the winner of the drug free T-shirt slogan contest, which they sponsored.

To access and copy photos from the day's events, visit: http://www.mentorfoundation.org/about_mentor.php?nav=3-27-37

The Mentor Foundation USA mission is to prevent drug abuse and promote health and well-being among children and youth in the United States.  Mentor USA offers programs that combine the best of international and U.S. prevention efforts. Mentor USA's approach is to bring the business community tog
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