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Teen drug abuse on the rise

AMARILLO -- Drug abuse is rising in high schools across the high plains, but not the kind you might think.

AMARILLO -- Drug abuse is rising in high schools across the high plains, but not the kind you might think.

"Really anything that is available to kids," said Laviza Matthews of Impact Futures. "Anything that they can get their hands on can potentially be abused."

The drug in question can be found in gas stations, convenience stores, even at home. We're talking about cough medicine, and it's the convenience that allures teens.

"Kids say well, my mom gives me medicine when I'm sick, so if I take a whole bunch of medicine it's probably still gonna be ok because it's medicine," said Matthews. "It's not like they have to go deal with a drug dealer, which is a scary thing for a 13 year old kid"

In fact many times it's the parents themselves who are the dealers, they just don't realize it. According to Matthews she recently talked to a recovering cough medicine addict who said he would simply steal it from his parents.

So how can you keep your kids safe? Impact Futures has some tips.

1: Talk to your kids early and often, and let them know your stance on illicit drug use.

2: Randomly check up on them, make sure they are where they say they are.

3: Take inventory of your own medicine cabinet.

4: Monitor your kids phone and computer.
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