Contest Entries

Rx for Disaster

Entrants: Annemarie Conte, Jessica Branch and Jennifer L. Cook

Affiliation: Good Housekeeping

General Interest Magazines above 1 million circ.

Year: 2008

Place: Third Place

Provide a brief synopsis of the story or stories, including any significant findings.

Abuse of prescription drugs by American adolescents is on the rise. Nearly one in five teens admitted to using medications not prescribed to them. Too often, parents don't recognize the signs their kids are abusing prescription pills, and kids underestimate the dangers. This article provides parents with essential information and advice. After encouraging readers to support a key bill, the bill became a law on October 30.

Judges' comments:  Rich detail on the growing problem of kids abusing prescription drugs, including first-hand accounts of teens hooked and the families' pain. Great lede - busts of a suburban high school dealers - draws readers in. Also, useful information on the drugs abused and their street nicknames for parents to be on the lookout for.

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