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Posted on: October 24, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Stop Addiction Before It Starts

What We Know*

One in four teens has misused a prescription drug.

More than 40% of teens who misused or abused a  prescription drug obtained it from their parent’s medicine cabinet and 49%  of the teens got the drug from a friend.

More than half the teens (56%) said it’s easy to     get prescription drugs from their parent’s medicine cabinet

*Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

According to research from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and the CDC, teens who learned about prescription drugs from their parents were up to 42% less likely to misuse them than teens who didn’t learn anything from parents. Talking to teens makes a difference. Learn what to say by visiting

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