Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
September 21, 2012
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Phone: (850) 245-0150
Attorney General Pam Bondi Joins The Medicine Abuse Project
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –One in six teens in the United States has taken medicine to get high, and medicines are the most commonly abused drugs among 12- to 13-year-olds. Attorney General Bondi is joining The Partnership at Drugfree.org’s national campaign, The Medicine Abuse Project, in its goal to prevent half a million teens from abusing medicine within five years.
“The Medicine Abuse Project is a national campaign intended to stop teenage medicine abuse,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “I encourage everyone to take the first step in protecting teens from medicine abuse by signing the pledge at MedicineAbuseProject.org today.”
“The majority of teens who abuse medicines get them from family and friends,” said Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of The Partnership for Drugfree.org. “We need to change that. With the support of partners like Attorney General Bondi, physicians, parents and teens themselves will be more aware of the dangers of medicine abuse.”
The launch of The Medicine Abuse Project, which is from Sept. 24 to Sept. 29, will culminate with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 29. Cleaning out medicine cabinets and securing medications will reduce medicine abuse among teens. To join the effort, find a take-back location near you and take the pledge to stop medicine abuse at MedicineAbuseProject.org. For more information, visit MyFloridaLegal.com.