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Published April 17, 2010, 05:00 PM

Rising Concern In ND About Prescription Drug Abuse

It's a rising concern that is surpassing every other drug addiction in urban and rural areas in the nation and North Dakota. That addiction is to Prescription Drug.

It's a rising concern that is surpassing every other drug addiction in urban and rural areas in the nation and North Dakota. That addiction is to Prescription Drug.

Prescription drug overdose is now becoming one of the biggest killers in North Dakota.

Wayne Stenehjem/North Dakota Attorney General: "What's important to know that prescription drug abuse is becoming an alarming concern here in North Dakota."

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem expressed his concerns at today's Drug Take Back program. Fifteen percent of North Dakota high school students admitted to having used prescription drugs recreationally in the past year.

Wayne Stenehjem/North Dakota Attorney General: " The problem is that people are saying these are legal medications they are prescribed by doctors how dangerous can they be but of course in the wrong amounts and they are not prescribed for you they can be very dangerous."

In North Dakota Prescription Drug abuse has passed methenphetomine abuse. It's not only affecting students, but superstars as well.

Wayne Stenehjem/North Dakota Attorney General: "You only need to turn on the news and see what happened to Michel Jackson and Heath Ledger to all these prominent people who have been killed by prescription drug abuse to realize that it is a serious problem."

Stenehjem says the abuse is not centered around a certain age group either.

Wayne Stenehjem/North Dakota Attorney General:

"Its not just the young people either that are finding themselves addicted to prescription pain medications it runs the gamut of the population."

Studies show that in the nation, more people have died recently from prescription drug abuse than car accidents.

If you do have expires medications in your home your asked to take them to the police station where they can be disposed of properly.

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