Pill abuse among teens rampant in California Bay Area

Abuse of prescription medications – primarily OxyContin – is on the rise among teenagers in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to this report by ABC 7 News. San Ramon resident April Rovero, who founded the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse after her son, Joey, died in December 2009 from a lethal combination of alcohol and misused prescription medication, tells the news channel Joey was prescribed what abusers call “the holy trinity:” OxyContin for severe pain, Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication, and Soma, a muscle relaxant. Meanwhile, a teen addict says he quickly graduated from popping Oxys at so-called “Skittle Parties” – in which teens raid their parents’ medicine cabinets and dump all the pills in a bowl to be taken like candy – to shooting heroin because it offered the same high at a more affordable price.

NCAPDA is hosting a video contest to help build community awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Learn more here.

Watch Rovero speak on her son’s death and the dangers of prescription drug abuse here.

Listen to Rovero speak about opiate abuse here and here.

About Dana Owens

Dana Owens is San Francisco-based writer, editor and blogger who works on diverse projects from holistic health research to record label promotion. In addition to lending her editorial eye to Oxy Watchdog, Dana also acts as copyeditor for 99 Series, Inc. and executive assistant/project coordinator for Heartline Productions.
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