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Narconon of Georgia Applauds Efforts of Prescription Buy-Back Programs
Date:10/19/2009

ATLANTA, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Narconon of Georgia has, for the past several years, seen a rapidly rising trend in prescription drug abuse. According to the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health conducted by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, every day 2,500 youngsters age 12 to 17 try a painkiller for the first time and prescription drugs are more abused by teens than any illicit street drug, except for marijuana.

Narconon of Georgia, in conjunction with local law enforcement, has spearheaded the effort in Georgia to make people more aware of the dangers of prescription drug abuse and is educating teens and parents alike.

"The drug education we provide to schools, churches, and local support groups has shifted somewhat in the past few years," comments Gordon Weinand, Public Relations for Narconon Drug Rehab of Georgia. "Whereas education on the signs of cocaine and heroin abuse are still needed, we are now focusing on warning children and parents that prescription drugs, misused, can be just as deadly and addictive."

A recent survey by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) found that one in five teens can get prescription drugs within an hour and the most common source is their own home or friends. Many feel that taking prescription drugs or over-the-the-counter medications such as cough medicine to get high is safe, an idea that is very dangerous.

One idea that is gaining momentum is the idea of a "prescription drug buy-back." Sheriffs' departments and local communities offer to "buy-back" unused prescription drugs, thus taking them out of circulation. Commonly known as "Operation Medicine Cabinet," communities are taking unused prescription drugs out of homes where they can be abused, and safely di
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