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Prescription Drugs - Now the Most Commonly Abused Drugs Among Young Teens

US Attorney Richard S. Hartunian has joined with the Partnership at to promote its national campaign entitled the ‘Medicine Abuse Project’ which began on Sept. 23, 2012.

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Nearly half of all prescription drug misuse occurs right in the home when a person takes a prescription medication that is not prescribed for him/her or takes it for reasons or in dosages other than prescribed.

The facts are alarming as many individuals do not believe prescription drugs for non-medical use can be harmful. Yet, prescription drug overdoses killed nearly 15,000 people in the U.S. in 2008.

This site includes information on the various prescription medications commonly abused, resources, and tools to assist with raising the awareness about this public health threat.

Together everyone can play a role to raise the awareness about this important topic and assist with preventing misuse and saving lives.

This site includes information on the following: