Teen pill abuse spurs schools’ use of drug-sniffing dogs

Parental concerns over teens’ abuse of prescription drugs has prompted several California school districts to rely on drug-sniffing canines to detect the presence of pills. The police chief in one district that is considering using the dogs said OxyContin use has increased, leading more teens to turn to heroin as a cheaper replacement high.

In 2009, 7 million Americans aged 12 years and older abused prescription drugs for non-medical purposes within the past month, and every day, on average, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Read more about prescription drug addiction in teens here and here.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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