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Teen drug abuse on the rise in NC, new contest aims to help

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BETHEL, N.C. - North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper visited the East Wednesday, kicking off the Stop Rx Drug Abuse competition at North Pitt High School.

The competition is aimed at warning people about the dangers of prescription drug abuse - which he says kills 1,000 North Carolinians each year. This is the third year the Attorney General’s office and other various organizations are partnering together to sponsor the competition.

Any North Carolina high school student can participate in the competition by making a brief public service announcement video for teen prescription drug abuse. Applications can be submitted until April 15th. Rules for the competition can be found online on the Department of Justice’s website, and participants can also download an application.

Speakers at today's event included Cooper, a State Bureau of Investigation agent, and a mother who lost her 16-year-old daughter to a drug overdose in 2011.  

The location of the event was fitting, as North Pitt High School is where two students were rushed to the hospital last month after they were suspected to have overdosed on prescription pills. 

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