Henrico schools address prescription drug problem

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - It was a revelation that sent shockwaves through the Henrico school community. Kids pushing prescription drugs.

"Even though they are legal and obtained legally, the young people today are abusing them." said Denise Miller from Henrico County's Too Smart To Start Program.

16 kids caught pushing the drug adderall has forced Henrico to face the problem head on. At a meeting Thursday night at Hermitage High School, they learned that they could be a big part of the problem.

Dr. Aleta Meyer led the discussion and said "Kids aren't getting these drugs from some dealer or stranger around the corner, they are getting them from someone very close to them and they may just be taking them out of the cabinet."

It is has made Brian Harley, who has two young children, realize that he needs to be aware of where is medication is at every moment.

"I know where they are at all times." Harley said.

It has also made him specifically point out to his children the dangers these drugs, which could be in the kitchen cabinet, can present.

"If they are taking something that they shouldn't, they could have an adverse reaction and its also not legal," he said.

A two fold approach that Henrico County officials hope will lead to stopping a problem, that has the potential to ruin lives.

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