Prescription pill epidemic

A panel of experts weighs in on the prescription pill epidemic.

- A panel of experts discuss the prescription pill epidemic affecting the nation and a new documentary, 'Out of Reach.'

Christine Mack, a speaking advocate for Partnership For Drug Free kids; Natasha Silver Bell, a recovery coach; and Coralie Charriol Paul, the president of 'React to Film' are trying to shine light on the abuse, particularly by youngsters.

"They're so nonchalant about it. Nobody notices it. If you take a pill, nobody really knows it. The scarier thing is that the pills are in your house. Our mission is to educate parents to safeguard their homes," said Mack.

Silver Bell, a recovering addict herself, says by age 20 she was addicted to prescription pain killers.

"Chris always equates it to baby proofing your home for the toddler. Why don' you prescription baby proof it for the teens?" said Silver Bell.

"We really trying to get the parents and teens in the same room to crack open that door and have that dialog," said Charriol Paul.

Some of the warning signs of teen prescription abuse are lethargy, lack of interest and increased sleep.

"Stay in touch with your children and lock up your pills," said Chariol Paul.

'Out of Reach' is showing at 210 East 86th St. in Manhattan. Watch the trailer here.

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