Local Pharmacist, Mom Writes Teen Book on Prescription Drug Abuse

WINGATE, N.C. — A Charlotte-area pharmacist and mother has published a book to teach adolescents about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

Dr. Laura Happe wrote "If You Give an Ox an Oxy" after she unsuccessfully tried to find a book to give to her children about the risks of prescription drug abuse.

"When you talk to an adolescent child about a complex topic like this, and you use a book like this, it really gives the child a sense of ownership," Dr. Happe said.

Dr. Happe was inspired by the popular children's book, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," which illustrates to children the concept of decisions that lead down a "slippery slope."

Her book is targeted for teen audiences, but she said adults have enjoyed it as well.

The federal government cites prescription drug abuse as the fastest-growing drug problem in the country.

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