News Release
Contact: Amy Roderick
Number: 858-616-4166

DEA Partners with Prevention Community
Local Strategies are Discussed

AUG 13 -- (San Diego) On August 13, 2010, DEA co-sponsored a Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit. Prescription drugs are easy to get and often times end up in the hands of teens and young adults who use them to get high.

David Mineta, Deputy Director of Demand Reduction for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), gave the keynote address at the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit, which was also sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, San Diego Field Division, the Prescription Drug Task Force of San Diego County, and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.

“DEA is committed to partnering with the prevention community to address the growing trend of pharmaceutical drug abuse”, says DEA San Diego Special Agent in Charge Ralph W. Partridge.  “The Prevention Summit is an important event that will help our community to develop a successful strategy for the reduction of abuse in our neighborhoods.” 

Every day, 2,500 youth ages 12-17 abuse prescription drugs for the first time . Prescription drugs—pain relievers, tranquilizers, sedatives and stimulants—are the drugs most often abused by teens after marijuana and misuse increases as they grow older, according to ONDCP. Typically, young people get prescriptions drugs from their home’s medicine cabinet or from friends.