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Prescription drug use in teens on the rise

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Prescription drug use in teens on the rise
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Prescription drugs are becoming an issue with today's youth, as multiple arrests have been made in the month of February involving morphine pills.

In the past month, arrests have been made in both Hannibal and Liverpool as students attempted to sell the pills.

The CDC is calling the prescription drug problem with today's kids a "new epidemic" because the pills are so readily available.

Doctor's are warning parents to keep their prescriptions in a locked medicine cabinet and to only use them as prescribed.

"It is prescribed by a physician, but again it is under the supervision of a physician, so for those patients or people that use it that are not supposed to be on it, can cause a lot of serious effects. Especially in kids because, essentially they're not just little adults, and the way they handle medications can be very different," said Dr. Alexander Garrard, a Clinical Toxicologist at Upstate New York Poison Center.

For anyone looking for more information about prescription medications, contact the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

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