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Survey finds number of Kentucky teens abusing prescription pills have declined
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Saturday, October 5, 2013 3:54 PM EDT
A new study has found a dramatic drop in the number of teens abusing prescription drugs.
It found that since 2008, prescription drug abuse dropped from 15.2 percent to 9 percent among high school seniors, 14.1 percent to 7.6 percent among sophomores and 6.5 percent to 2.9 percent among eighth graders.
The state Division of Behavioral Health implemented the survey at 153 of Kentucky's 174 public schools and had 122,718 students participate.
Gov. Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway credited the decrease to a new law cracking down on prescription pill abuse as well as efforts to educate youth about the dangers of abusing prescription medicines.