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STANLY CO. STUDENT WINS STATEWIDE PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCMENT CONTEST

Attorney General Roy Cooper awarded a Stanly County 10th grader the first prize award in the office’s annual PSA contest Wednesday. Brandi Walker, a student at Stanly Early College High School in Albemarle, created a 30-second video about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Walker says her video warns her fellow teens against using prescription drugs because they are addictive. And taking them can be deadly.

"A lot of people my age may not realize that even prescription drugs are dangerous because they can get addicted, and it can take away their dreams and even their life,” she said. Walker explains in the video about 1,000 people die from prescription drug overdoses in North Carolina each year.

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