Prescription drug abuse education inside local schools


Reporter - Todd Faulkner
Photojournalist - Chad Darnall

BENTON, Ky. - A grieving father made a simple plea to local students Wednesday about prescription drug abuse in an ongoing effort to curb a disturbing trend. 

Age 11 is the average age of someone who experiments with prescription drugs for the first time.  That's why Kentucky state leaders and others are targeting middle schoolers. 
The effort is part of Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway's Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Program official fall kick off. 
Mr. Conway is bringing with him a powerful weapon, a father who lost a son who started taking prescription pills in middle school. 
For more on the man's visit to Benton Middle School and what he told students please click and watch the accompanying video.  If you're reading this story on our mobile app, please go to our videos section. 
To learn more about the state's efforts to fight prescription drug abuse click here.  Parents will also find warning signs to look for in their children.