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Pickens County Rally Aims to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

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More than 18% of South Carolina's prescription drug overdoses in 2011 happened in Pickens County. More than 18% of South Carolina's prescription drug overdoses in 2011 happened in Pickens County.
PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. -

Parents in Pickens County plan to rally against prescription drug abuse.

According to a recent South Carolina Inspector General report, 225 people died in the state from prescription drug overdoses in 2011. More than 18% of those deaths occurred in Pickens County.

So the Pickens County School District, the Pickens County Drug Abuse Alliance, and the Step it Up Coalition of Behavioral Health are teaming up to host the Red Zone Rally. It will take place Monday night at 6:30 p.m. in the Pickens High School Auditorium.

The event will give parents information on how to protect their children from falling victim to prescription drug abuse and how to spot the warning signs.

"What we see is that students who abuse drugs often steal prescription drugs from their parents or grandparents and attempt to sell them or use them themselves," said Marion Lawson, principal at Pickens High School.

A panel of leaders, including the Inspector General, will also be on hand to discuss the issue and answer questions.

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