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AG announces winners of 2014 Stop Rx Abuse video contest

Release date: 5/15/2014

Winning students are from Stanly and Alamance counties 

Raleigh:  Three North Carolina high school students whose videos were selected from dozens of entries received awards as winners of the third annual Stop Rx Abuse video contest this week.

  • Brandi Walker, a sophomore from Stanly Early College in Albemarle, won first place. (link to video)
  • Sam Collins, a senior from Burlington Christian Academy in Burlington, won second place. (link to video)
  • Samantha Wright, a senior from Gray Stone Day School in Misenheimer, won third place. (link to video)

“These students used their creativity to help spread the word about the dangers of prescription drug abuse,” Cooper said. “Too many young people still don’t understand that just one pill can kill when misused or abused, and there’s no better way to reach young people than through their peers.”

Attorney General Roy Cooper played the winning videos and presented the students with their awards at the North Carolina Parent Resource Center Conference in Raleigh on Wednesday afternoon.

Cooper partnered with the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, the North Carolina Parent Resource Center, and the Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse to sponsor the competition.  The contest asked students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 in North Carolina to create 30 second, original public service announcement videos on the topic of teen prescription drug abuse. 

The winning videos were selected by an independent panel of judges.  The first place winner received an iPad, the second place winner received an iPod Touch, and the third place winner received an iTunes gift card.  Prizes were provided by the contest sponsors.
The winning videos are featured on the NC Department of Justice website.  Department of Justice staff also selected ten videos as honorable mention winners.  The videos can be viewed at or on the office’s YouTube channel.
Data from North Carolina and other states demonstrate that prescription drugs kill far more people than illegal drugs (See Health 2010 Study – The Burden of Unintentional Poisoning in NC).  Approximately 1,000 people die each year in North Carolina from overdosing on prescription drugs, according to the N.C. Division of Public Health.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that for each overdose death nationally, there are 825 people abusing prescription drugs.

The intentional abuse of prescription pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants and sedatives to get high is particularly a concern among teens.  According to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services national survey, among people ages 12-17, prescription drugs are the second most abused drug, behind marijuana.  The survey also found that most people age 12 or older who abuse prescription drugs get them from a friend or family member for free.

“Most teens can find prescription drugs to abuse by simply opening the medicine cabinet or asking a friend,” Cooper said. “We’re getting students involved in fighting this epidemic so they can educate their friends and families and hopefully prevent addiction and overdose deaths.”

The Attorney General’s Office plans to sponsor the contest again next year.

Contact:  Noelle Talley (919) 716-6413