(Las Vegas, NV) — The National Survey on Drug Use and Health finds “prescription” drug use among teens has increased in Nevada. It’s up more in our state than in any other U.S. state except Arizona, New Mexico and Arkansas. Since 1999, overdose deaths involving prescription painkillers have quadrupled.

Dr. Howard Mell with American College of Emergency Physicians talked to the KXNT Morning News. He says there’s a street market now. And, teens are also mixing handfuls of pills at what’s being called “pharmy parties.” He says luckily those types of parties are on the decline.

Dr. Mell says parents should not keep prescription drugs in medicine cabinet, keep them hidden. Also, get rid of them when your done.

Other prevention tip inlcude: pay attention to mood changes, school work, and who your kids are hanging out with. Also, have a converstation with them about drug abuse.


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