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State Officials Launch Youth Drug Abuse Initiative

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File photo of pain medication. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

File photo of pain medication. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – State officials and lawmakers have launched a campaign aimed at addressing the issue of prescription drug abuse among teenagers in the state.

Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities spokesman Matt Carrothers Tuesday said that state officials and youth from Catoosa and Gwinnett counties met at the Capitol to launch the project, titled “Generation Rx.”

The campaign is funded by a $2.6 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and is focused on Georgians between 12 and 25-years-old.

The program is slated to use education and collaboration with local law enforcement agencies to try cracking down on prescription drug abuse among young people in the state.

Commissioner Frank Berry says about 2,500 youth abuse a prescription pain reliever every day.

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