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Yakima Hosts Drug Abuse Prevention Summit

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- This weekend, hundreds of people from all over the state will be at the Yakima Convention Center for the 2008 Prevention Summit.

The conference has been convening annually since the 1980s with the purpose of developing and discussing new strategies to combat drug and alcohol abuse.

Experts say one of the main topics of discussion this year will be the recent increase in the abuse of prescription drugs by teenagers.

"Most of them get them from their home medicine cabinet, from the grandparents medicine cabinet, from other kids", says Michael Langer, Office Chief for the State's Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse. "There's basically a social network of how they're getting the prescription drugs".

More than 700 people are expected to attend the convention, including 400 students who will perform community service projects in Yakima over the weekend.