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Tampa Bay High Schools Undergo 3-week Takeover To Combat Prescription Drug Abuse
Date:11/8/2012

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Teen prescription drug abuse and addiction has become a national epidemic, and Tampa Bay students are in as much danger as other teens across the country. Two Tampa Bay schools, Shorecrest Preparatory School and Canterbury School of Florida are taking part in the national teen prescription drug abuse awareness campaign, called WAKE UP!, in an effort to educate students on the repercussions of prescription drug abuse. Many believe that prevention of first-time use by young people is the only answer to combat the epidemic.  Statistics from a preliminary survey released this week, confirm that rising incidences of teens abusing prescription drugs is prevalent among the students in both schools.

Out of nearly 1,000 Tampa-bay area students surveyed (9th through 12th grade):

  • 58% say the students they know who use prescription drugs recreationally do it because of pressure from other friends 
  • 43% of students did not know that a brain is still developing into the mid-20's and because of that young people are at high risk for developing addiction 
  • 51% say they are worried about a friend's or their own drug use
  • Science has demonstrated that the human brain continues to develop until age 24, placing teens at a significant increased risk of addiction.  Abuse of prescription drugs can have permanent, negative affects on the teen brain.  Despite these alarming facts, a majority of teens and adults in this country still believe prescription drugs to be safer than illicit street drugs. The program's mission is to WAKE UP! communities to this serious public health issue. The WAKE UP! program uses science to teach, not preach the consequences of prescription drug abuse. The program deploys a "takeover" approach by providing a massive on-campus presence utilizing graphics, multi-media, curriculum, social media (yup &#
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