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Attorney General encourages students to prevent drug abuse

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YAKIMA--The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call prescription drug abuse the leading cause of accidental deaths in Washington.  It's a startling statistic that Attorney General Rob McKenna is determined to fight.

Prescription drugs are legal, with a prescription. They're found in medicine cabinets in nearly every home.

Attorney General Rob McKenna says that accesibility makes them even more dangerous.

McKenna delivered the closing speech at Saturday's Prevention Summit.

He told hundreds of teenage kids from all over the state, including a few dozen from our area, how prescription drug abuse has become one of the biggest threats to healthy living for people their age.

McKenna says speaking to these young leaders can keep their classmates from abusing presciprtion drugs.

"They can then help educate their schoolmates because we know peer to peer messaging from one student to another is often the most effective thing that can be done," McKenna said.

McKenna's speech wrapped up the Prevention Summit.

Now those students will go back to their schools to organize drug-free events and programs, and try to make a positive impact on their classmates.