Columbiana Co. survey shows more kids using prescription drugs

Now to coverage from Columbiana County….where leaders have seen a decrease in teens drinking alcohol. But there’s been an INCREASE in another type of drug use among middle and high school students. First News Reporter Molly Reed met with the team trying to combat the issue. Her story is brand new at 6. MOLLY REED WKBN Family Recovery Center’s Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention Team is finally starting to see a decrease in underage drinking in Columbiana County. The process started about eight years ago. BRENDA FOOR, ADAPT: THIS LAST SEVERAL YEARS WE’VE BEEN FORTUNATE TO GET A DRUG FREE COMMUNITY’S GRANT AND WE ARE NOW IN YEAR EIGHT. WE CAN HAVE IT FOR TEN YEARS. MOLLY REED WKBN The White House appointed grant lets ADAPT put programs in schools and the community. Anonymous surverys done every two years by the county’s 7th, 9th, and 10th graders show the number of kids trying or consuming alcohol has dropped by 8%. BRENDA FOOR: WE’RE TRYING TO SHOW THEM THESE ARE THE HEALTH RAMIFICATIONS. WE USE THAT PARENTS WHO HOST LOSE THE MOST CAMPAIGN AROUND PROM AND GRADUATION SEASON. MOLLY REED WKBN But those surveys, and ones done by parents, have shown AN INCREASE in prescription drug usage. Brenda says “Pharming parties” are becoming more common among high schoolers. BRENDA FOOR: PHARMING PARTIES ARE WHERE YOU COME TO A PARTY AND YOU JUST DUMP WHATEVER YOU FOUND IN YOUR PARENTS OR GRANDPARENTS CABINET. YOU DUMP IT INTO A BOWL AND YOU JUST TAKE WHATEVER. YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TAKING. MOLLY REED WKBN ADAPT has been working with the county’s Drug Task Force to try to combat the issue. BRENDA FOOR: WE’RE TRYING TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO LOCK THEIR MEDICINE UP WITH LOCK BOXES. YOU CAN GET THEM FAIRLY CHEAP. YOU CAN EVEN USE A CASH BOX AND JUST LOCK YOUR MEDICINE UP SO THAT KIDS CAN’T HAVE ACCESS TO THE MEDS. MOLLY REED WKBN And Brenda says if you find any to take advantage of the police departments’ prescription drug drop-off locations. In Lisbon, Molly Reed, WKBN 27 First News

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