Rampant teen prescription drug abuse ‘frightening’

Parents gathered at Torrey Pines High School Feb. 4 to hear experts talk about the growing use of prescription drugs by teenagers.

At the front of the lecture hall stood one of their own, mother Virginia Wait, her voice choked with emotion as she told the story of her son, James, who died at age 22 after freebasing the prescription drug OxyContin. He died on Sept. 2, 2007, found on the floor of a Pacific Beach apartment 3 1/2 months shy of graduating from San Diego State University.

“Our son, so full of life, gone,” Wait said. “The feeling is too hard to explain to anybody.”

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