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Preventing Pill Problem

Bowie Police Officer Bob Blackburn says prescription pill abuse continues to become a bigger and bigger problem. As a Bowie ISD resource officer Blackburn says parents of Bowie ISD students need to worry more about teens' access to the medicine cabinet than the drug dealer. Last month a Bowie ISD student seventeen year old Jimmy Huneke was accused of stealing, then distributing prescription pills inside a Bowie school.

"The breeding ground for the problem is not at the school its just the school sees the effects of it. Every house contains medications that can be abused. Prescription medications are tough to police," said Blackburn.

According to Blackburn 99% of the students who are taking medication are taking them lawfully and posses them lawfully by turning them into the school nurse. It's that other one percent or less who are violating the law and abusing prescription pills. Peer pressure still plays a big role in these isolated incidents.

"Very seldom do you sit down with a kid they look you in the eye, they say I want to be a drug dealer when I grow up. They look to it as a stature I'm the go to guy I'm the one that can get things done," said Blackburn.

Prescription pills are the easiest to abuse, according to Blackburn. Many students see the prescription pills as a safer, less harmful drug. Blackburn says that the pills are just as dangerous if not more dangerous than any other drug.

"The general public even equates the word prescription with lawful and that's not so if you deal disperse or give out prescription medications. It's under the same statutes as delivery of a controlled substance in a drug free zone cocaine is no different than the controlled substance medications," said Blackburn.

Jimmy Huneke was arrested last night on one count of delivery of a controlled substance in a drug free zone, which is a third degree felony and also one count of theft from the elderly which is a class b misdemeanor.

Jack Carney, Newschannel 6

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