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Coming Clean: True Stories of Prescription Drug Addiction- Know the Signs

Our I-Team series, "Coming Clean: True Stories of Prescription Drug Addiction" Wraps up Friday, May 16 with a call-in show about the topic. Law enforcement, officials with the district attorney’s office and drug counselors will be in the Eyewitness News Studio to answer your questions about prescription drug abuse. I-Team Reporter Laurie Monteforte will host the call-in from 4:00 to 7:00
Our I-Team series, "Coming Clean: True Stories of Prescription Drug Addiction" Wraps up Friday, May 16 with a call-in show about the topic. Law enforcement, officials with the district attorney’s office and drug counselors will be in the Eyewitness News Studio to answer your questions about prescription drug abuse. I-Team Reporter Laurie Monteforte will host the call-in from 4:00 to 7:00
Coming Clean
Coming Clean
  As a long time law enforcement agent, Troy Serfass learned all sorts of people can become addicts.  "Most of the kids all went to school. Most of the kids did better than average in their high school years and in their college years." He discovered one common thread. Almost ninety percent of the young people who get involved with drugs come from broken families.

  Serfass - Narcotics Agent with the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office  told Eyewitness News "Basically it's communication. A lot of the kids said that their parents were headed in different directions and that they weren't the focus of their family."

Juvenile Probation Officer Mike Kashner told us kids hide drugs well "Most parents have absolutely no idea."-- but there are warning signs your child is on them  "An overall change in appearance, change of work ethic within school, withdrawing from their family members, withdrawing from their friends."
And there are some things you can do to protect your kids.

 "You've gotta be on them 24 hours a day and the bottom line is that you're not their friend. You've gotta be there parent and with that comes the responsibly of making a lot of difficult decisions." Said Serfass.
Investigators say check what your children are doing on line.

 “Parents aren't overhearing conversations that they used to when I was younger. Everything is done through a text message. Everything is done through a message talk to them often. Make sure you know where they are going and who they are with. Set curfews. And keep track of your prescription drugs.” Added Kashner

“You need to mind your medicine cabinet and realize that once your kids or their friends take that step to steal the drugs it is gonna force them downward into addiction and to crime." Stressed Serfass.

If you think your child is already involved with pills - there is help. You can contact a school counselor, a rehab center, or even the Police. 

Lt. Kevin Transue of Stroud Area Regional Police Department told Eyewitness News "We're not just here to put handcuffs on people and put them in jail".  He added " Our ultimate goal is to provide that help, that service to the people who are asking for it."
 Getting an addict help may involve some tough calls - but police say it's not as tough as possibly losing your child to drugs.
 Our I-Team series, "Coming Clean: True Stories of Prescription Drug Addiction" Wraps up Friday, May 16 with a call-in show about the topic. Law enforcement, officials with the district attorney’s office and drug counselors will be in the Eyewitness News Studio to answer your questions about prescription drug abuse. I-Team Reporter Laurie Monteforte will host the call-in from 4:00 to 7:00 right here on eyewitness news.
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