June 3, 2013 7:20 pm
Updated: June 4, 2013 12:22 pm

Canada among worst for teen deaths from prescription pills

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TORONTO- According to a new report, the number of teen deaths from prescription drugs in Canada is second only to the United States.

The new numbers are part of the pediatric death review committee report.

The report says one in five kids admitted to abusing prescription drugs to get high, and three quarters admitted to stealing them.

These drugs are often taken from the medicine cabinets and pill bottles of parents, relatives, and friends

The partnership for drug-free Canada has launched education campaigns to alert the public about this trend. They have also launched a prescription drop off campaign to clean out and safely dispose of unwanted, expired or excess prescription medication.

A recent Toronto Police one-day prescription drop off campaign netted nearly 74,000 pills.

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