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May 11th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Teen's battle & recovery from drug addiction

(CNN) – The White House today is set to release a new strategy to battle America's drug problem, shifting the focus from law enforcement to prevention and treatment. But that can be tricky, because the problem isn't always illegal drugs.

Across the nation, more and more teens are using prescription pills and over-the-counter medicines to get high. In our ongoing series, "Addicted," we're following the story of one teen, named Melissa. She nearly lost her life, and everything she used to get high could be right inside your medicine cabinet.

Filed under: Addicted... • Drugs
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  1. Anthony Wilson

    Drug Addiction will not only ruin your body but it would also mess up your life."*"

    May 18, 2010 at 1:52 am |
  2. beverly nash

    Prescription drugs over prescribed has led to addiction of young people through Seniors. There should be programming during prime time about how this addiction begins , the difficulty of getting of the prescribed medication, and how this might be accomplished. The medical profession needs to look at themselves individually or their colleagues who are guilty of over prescribing or of prescribing pain medication when an aspirin or tylenol would take care of the problem.
    If you have a family member who is addicted to prescription drugs, where do you go for help to get the situation under control or changed.
    Our Doctors need to take a long look at what is happening to our young people. I know of a young mother who was prescribed pain medicine for back pain, then two other scripts for other problems. She is now unable to hold a job or care for two beautiful children. She is fortunate to have family to care for the children and be supportive of her, but she is still addicted to the medication and receives prescriptions for the problems. If someone has information about what can be done to curb this devastating problem, I would like to hear it. We have informative seminars about many health problems, but I have yet to attend one offering insight about addiction to prescription drugs.
    More testimonials about the trials of drug problems offered during prime time.

    May 11, 2010 at 4:15 pm |