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Prescription Drug Abuse to Surpass Meth Problem in Texoma

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GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- Prescription drug abuse isn't just happening in the big cities, it's happening right here in Texoma. Local authorities say it may even surpass meth as one of the biggest drug problems in the area. Deeda Payton explains why authorities say it could be happening in your household, right under your nose.

It's a warning for parents to keep an eye on your medicine cabinet and perhaps a lock on it as well. Authorities say more and more kids are stealing their parents prescription medication in an attempt to get high and go unnoticed.

Prescription medication can mean the difference between life and death, but in this day and age it's being taken recreationally. "One thing that we're finding at a lot of parties when there's kids involved they normally have Xanax with them, some of the kids at the parties and they are getting it from their parents medicine cabinet at home," Sgt. Ricky Wheeler of the Grayson County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities say the pill problem is causing trouble in Texoma. "The prescription drug abuse is getting close to the meth problem a lot of people just don't realize it," said Wheeler.

Local pharmacists agree. "Yea, we hear about it all the time. We have customers come in that have their police report where it was stolem," said Sherman pharmacist, Jana Bennett.

Just Thursday, a report was made to Sherman police over stolen prescription medication, and in a separate incident another man was found in possession of hydrocodone with out a prescription.

Authorities say it happens everyday which is why you need to keep a count of your meds and an eye on your medicine bottles, so you don't find yourself without the medication you need to survive.

Not only is it illegal to possess medication that isn't prescribed to you, it is also illegal to give your own prescription medication to others. According to the law, that's delivery of a controlled substance.

Deeda Payton, KTEN News.