Arkansas Ranks First For Misuse Of Painkillers For Teens

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ARKANSAS (KFSM) —¬†According to the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, Arkansas ranks first in the nation for ages 12 to 17 in misuse of painkillers. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge also said that 56 percent of Arkansas teens report that it is easy to obtain prescription drugs from their parents’ or grandparents’ medicine cabinets.

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