A bill signed into law last month in Ohio requires Ohio schools to teach students about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. The abuse of and addiction to prescription drugs is often considered one of the gateway drugs leading to other drug use. According to the Dayton Daily News, "one in five high school students use painkillers without a prescription, while about half of young people who get hooked on heroin became addicted to prescription painkillers first." Lawmakers, parents, teachers, and addiction professionals are hopeful that education surrounding this type of drug abuse will prevent many young people from getting hooked on prescription drugs.
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