Within Your Reach

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If you have, or have ever been, a teenager, you know that peers are the most important people in their world. That’s who they turn to for advice, for help, for answers to life’s questions. After all, parents are way too out-of-touch to even begin to understand anything!

One in four teens has misused or abused a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime, according to research from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. The CDC is calling prescription drug use an epidemic, as more Americans now die from overdoses than in car crashes! And it’s a good bet that not many of the teenagers with drug problems are talking to their parents.


To help change “the drug talk,” the Partnership worked with teen filmmaker Cyrus Stowe to create Out of Reach, a 30-minute documentary that captures the issue of prescription drug abuse through a teen’s eyes.

The short film shows teens talking to teens about drug abuse, covering everything from how they got started to how they stopped and how non-users and users alike perceive the problem. It’s casual, honest, and offers an eye-opening view that most parents aren’t privy to.

The film is paired with a special toolkit to help you plan local screenings and get the conversation started.

Take a look and then take some action. If we work together, we can make major strides learning how to prevent and respond to teen medicine abuse.

It’s a problem none of us should have to live with. Especially our kids.


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