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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Bethany has been clean and sober for just under a month and everyday is a struggle. This young adult's trials began as a teen in her parents' medicine cabinet.

She says, "my brother, yes, he was on Adderall since he was 6 and in junior high I was taking his Adderall."

Bethany, who wants to keep her identity concealed, says she's not surprised at all by a growing trend among young people called pill parties. She says that's been around since she popped her parents prescribed medications in her teens.

"The nightlife starts at a young age with drugs and parents need to know to lock up their prescription drugs it's just as dangerous as leaving a gun out," says Bethany.

Nickole Byrd is an associate minister at Higher Dimension Church in Houston. She says she learned about the pill parties from the teen in her outreach program in Houston.

Now, if you didn't grasp the definition of a pill party here it is again. Several young people come together after raiding their parents medicine cabinets. They then put all the pills in one container and take them until they achieve the high they're looking for.

Byrd says, "and they don't even know they don't even know what they're taking they're just going in the bowl and taking the pills for kicks."

A national study shows 24 percent of the nation's high school students or 5 million have abused prescription drugs at some point in their lives. That's a 33 percent increase since the last survey in 2008. 13 percent of the teens admitted experimenting with Ritalin and Adderall not prescribed for them.

And eventually like Bethany those teens will graduate into heavier drug use under their parents' noses.

Bethany says, "I was having ecstasy and acid parties and my dad was the DJ."

That's why Bethany says it's important that parents don't try to be their kids friends but their Mom and Dad with eyes like a hawk.

"They just want to sugar coat their life and think things are manageable and Susie is not getting high, well Susie's high," says Bethany.

Higher dimension church is hoping to stop these pill parties by asking parents to clean out their medicine cabinets...get rid of the prescriptions you don't use before your kids get them.

They're doing it with a prescription drug take back day this Saturday at the D-Spot between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. It's located on 9745 Bissonnet Street. You simply take your old prescriptions and drop them off - they will be destroyed and out of reach of your children.

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