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It is no coincidence that we are hearing a lot of stories nationwide about teens who lost their lives to prescription drug abuse.     With the recently President Obama proclaimed National Take Back Day, the requests, pleas, and begging for an end to this crisis has grown louder.

The DEA along with various local city and state police, fire, medical, and religious organization is asking for adults to dispose of unused or expired OTC and Prescription medications.

Every pill and liquid that is removed from the home, creates a safer environment for our children to grow up.

The latest victim that I read about, Connor, a young Utah boy who died last December after an overdose.    You can read about it here: http://fb.me/y8BPa17b

It’s a story with a different name, and a different place, but a common problem; prescription medication.

This kid wasn’t a runaway, and he wasn’t out partying on the streets til 2AM, well past curfew.

Little Connor was playing basketball and ice skating and had dinner at a friend’s house.   The later watched the end of a movie at home with his mother.

In the morning, he was dead.

It’s not a different story from another death late last year.   Two teens playing rock band at home until 3AM.   The parents not upset and glee and laughter coming from their son’s room.   Afterall, their son and his best friend weren’t out at a party.   They had a fun night at home with their parents a few rooms away.   Sadly, the parents the next day found the teen guest dead.   The boys had been using prescription drugs.

There are far too many stories in society.   These aren’t bad kids.   These are children who make a bad choice.   Sometimes it’s just one mistake that leads them to the grave.

Myteensavers.com urges parents to take part in the Take Back day.     Spend 5-10 minutes locating all old medicines, and take them to a proper collection spot in your neighborhood.

Yes, some kids will still use methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and alcohol.   Saturday’s effort may not change that.     But prescription drug abuse is an epidemic.     Kids choose pills second to marijuana.   The threat and the danger is real.

Myteensavers.com also encourages home drug testing.   A 12-panel Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit will screen for many dangerous drugs including marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamine, opiates, PCP, benzodiazapines, barbiturates, trcicyclic acids, Oxycodone, methadone, Ecstasy (MDMA)

You can get a kit here

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