Prescription drug use a growing problem among area schools

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News 12 at 11 O'clock / Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013


NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- If these walls could talk, you might be shocked at what they have to say.

"Most of them usually come in to 1st or 2nd period, already just kind of high," said a student who doesn't want to be identified.

News 12's Patrick Price: "Do you think it's dangerous?"

Student: "Yeah, honestly."

He didn't want to show his face on camera, but wants you to see the problem he says he sees everyday at school.

"My freshman year, it was mostly Marijuana that people were doing," he said.

Fast forward three years and he says things have gotten worse. Much worse.

"Junior year, they went a little more advanced instead of actually swallowing the pill, they would actually just crush it up and sniff it," he said.

Pills. Pain killers like Oxycontin. ADD meds like Adderall.

"What I've been told is that you get a different high off of it," he told News 12's Patrick Price.

All in exchange for a price.

"Five dollars depending on what the milligram is and then it goes up," he said.

He says he's seen it all. Dealers for every kind of prescription drug.

"Most of the kids that deal it, are usually the ones that are prescribed with Adderall, either that or their parents have some kind of pain or some kind of injury and they've had to get prescribed medicine," he said.

Jane Kaplenski with North Augusta High School guidance says it's drugs that are coming from parents' cabinets and medicine cabinets."

She works with teens day in and day out.

"I do see the signs, I can recognize the signs," she said.

And she's come face to face with the problem.

"They lie about it, and that's very scary, they don't want you to know that they're doing that," she said.

For the student we spoke to, he admits he has made some bad decisions.

"I know the roads and how what happens when you go down it," he said.

And he's hoping others who have the choice, will choose wisely.

"If you're going to try it, try it, but don't make it a continuous habit," he said.