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Rocker and actor Jon Bon Jovi doesn’t live the on-the-edge rock star lifestyle. The singer doesn’t make tabloid headlines for debauchery and drug use.

You may spend more time reading about how he gives back to the community, with either philanthropic or charitable time and monetary donations.

So imagine the shock for not only the singer but his fans when it was reported that his daughter had a heroin overdose.

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Bon Jovi talked about the struggles of being a parent and how these situations can come out of nowhere.

I didn’t have any sisters. We bring home this girl the first day. Now what? Where’s the manual? There was no manual. So you bring her up the best you can, you surround her with hugs and kisses and know that she may eventually fall down. I appreciate the outpouring of kindness in light of what happened in my household. I’m shocked as much as the next parent with this situation and had no idea. But then you surround them with best help and love and move on, and that’s where we’re at with it. Steph is a great kid. Great GPA. Cool school, Hamilton College up in Clinton, N.Y. Everything about it is idyllic. She was doing great. Then a sudden and steep decline. Hopefully, we caught it when we did and that’s the end of it. But who knew? I’ve got three more to come.

The Bon Jovi situation is not isolated to wealthy, children of celebrities. This is a problem many American families are encountering.

Good kids can often make poor choices. And it happens even when responsible parents are active and present in their children’s lives.

Bon Jovi could easily refuse to discuss the events of his daughter’s overdose. But now it appears he has a plan of attack to make sure that his other children do not fall into drug experimentation.

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Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), spoke Tuesday in Los Angeles at the California Summit on Opioid Dependence.

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His overall message: Keep fighting the fight, but some people need to wake up!

As the Ventura County Star Reports, Kerlikowske discussed the unwise conventional wisdom surrounding heroin use.

“Young people don’t recognize the addictive powers of heroin,” Kerlikowske said. “They think if they snort it or smoke it, they won’t get addicted.”

Kids think they can handle recreational pill use. They get this from their use of marijuana and their mindset that it is a perfectly controlled high. But the mentality doesn’t change when heroin use sets in as well.

Parents need to stay vigilant, and continue discussing drugs with their teens.

Kentucky is one of those states where they are aggressively fighting prescription drug abuse.

Of course, Kentucky is one of the states battling a serious epidemic.

One woman will be spending some serious time behind bars for pushing the pills to another woman who lost her life.

Ashley Ritchie, 19, of Eastern Kentucky, overdosed at the home of Judy Mcintosh.

Mcintosh sold the pills to Ritchie, and investigators quickly discovered that Mcintosh was distributing pills across Eastern Kentucky.

Today she heard her sentence.

27 years in prison, forcausing a death by illegally distributing prescription drugs.

So often, we see young people die from a drug overdose, but we don’t find out who provided the drugs. This time they had a good lead.

Authorities will likely never know if any of mcintosh’s other customers died from drugs, but they do know that she won’t be selling pills to people for a long time.

She could just be sitting pretty, while attending some promotion as the reigning Miss Michigan 2012.

But as Wayandotte Patch shows us, Angela Vendetti is using her position as a pageant winner, to keep kids away from drugs.

Vendetti unfortunately has lost people she knows to prescription drug abuse and a heroin overdose.

Read the story about her efforts by clicking HERE.

This report comes from the WITF newsroom, and its website WITF.org.

The 21-year-old son of a Pennsylvania state senator is dead of what officials told WITF was an accidental drug overdose.

Police say that Ryan Brubaker’s body was discovered shortly after 8 a.m. by a family member at their home in Lancaster County. Brubaker is the son of state Sen. Michael Brubaker.

The younger Brubaker had been in trouble with the law on a DUI charge, and a charge involving prescription drugs.

Our hearts go out to the Brubaker family.

The University of South Carolina is cracking down on drug and alcohol fueled events on or near campus.

School has only been back in session for a few days and already USC is responding to a viral video of an enormous pool party at the Woodlands.

Wistv.com reported that the party featured drinking, fighting, and nudity in their coverage.

Most young adults think that around the clock partying and intoxication are rites of passage for college students.

But we are seeing dozens of young adults die on campus each year from alcohol poisoning or a drug overdose.

That’s the problem.   Partying until you die.

USC’s Director of Student Conduct Alisa Liggett says told the TV station: “Not only have our alcohol offenses increased, but we had a number of student deaths that are accidents related to alcohol.”

Liggett says there were more than 600 alcohol-related fines from 2011-2012, up 15% from the previous year.

It appears the students didn’t worry about a measly $50 fine.

She told WISTV, “It used to be 50, it’s gone up to 250 (dollars for the first offense), a second offense was 100, it’s gone to 350 and the third offense is suspension.”

Teensavers applauds USC for trying to control the problem. Nobody is saying that college kids shouldn’t have fun, but we shouldn’t be losing our kids to an alcohol or drug related death.

California’s lawmakers in both the house and the senate have approved a new law giving immunity to 9-1-1 callers who report an overdose.

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Introduced by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), the bill, Assembly Bill 472 provides that neither the overdose victim nor a person who seeks emergency treatment for him shall be charged with the crime of drug possession, being under the influence of drugs, or drug possession, provided the drugs are for personal use.

Other similar “Good Samaritan” bills are on the books in nine other states.

In asking his colleagues to vote for the measure, Ammiano noted that more people die from drug overdoses than car crashes.

“This is not going soft on crime,” said Assemblyman Donald Wagner (R-Irvine). While he added that he does not condone drug use, he said it was necessary to “overlook some indiscretions for the greater good.”

“It’s critically important to save lives,” said Assemblywoman Kristen Olsen (R-Modesto). “This bill doesn’t condone drug behavior.”

Excellent work in California.

The key to remember is trying to send out the anti-drug message before teens and young adults get to the point where they are overdosing on medications.

Gil Kerlikowske, the Director of the White House’s ONDCP has written a column for the Huffington Post talking about the fight to reduce a rising trend of drug overdoses.

Four times as many people die from drugs than they did 20 years ago, and the Obama administration has spend $10 billion dollars on programs in an attempt to curb drug abuse.

The problem is painkillers.

People are addicted to them. Kids pop them like candy.

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Kerlikowske also alerts people to the fact that August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day.

If people can start learning about the severity of the problem, we can start solving it.

You can read the Director’s post at the Huffington Post by clicking HERE.

The only thing worse than a death related to an overdose, is when the death could have been prevented.

Teensavers is applauding the work of Senator Joe Vitale (D-Middlesex.)

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A new law, proposed by the Senator, is in the works that would give immunity to 9-1-1 callers who are present when someone they are with overdoses.

Citing the death of comedian Greg Giraldo, the New Jersey newssite NJ.com, breaks down the proposed law.

Teensavers believes this is a much needed law across the entire country.

It’s not just the rich and famous who die like Giraldo. Teens, fearing arrest, often bail when one of their friends overdoses.

Not only should more Good Samaritan Emergency Response Acts be proposed, but they need to be publicized to let teens know that they won’t be in trouble for trying to save a friend’s life.

Many children aspire to live like a Hollywood star.

Sadly, teens every year are dying like one.

They share the same fate of succumbing to a prescription drug overdose

Forbes is the latest major media outlet to focus on the rising opiate problem, the 36,000 overdose related deaths in 2008.

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This isn’t anything new to our readers. We highlight the information from SAMHSA studies and the Univeristy of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future surveys as the information is released.

But Forbes digs inside the number, and takes a look at famous faces who have shared the same fate as many teens and young adults.

Click here for the Forbes article and the story written by Melanie Haiken.