Beyond the Headlines

Show topic: Kids & Drugs
July 25, 2011 8:30:13 PM PDT
ABC7's Emmy award-winning public affairs show, "Beyond the Headlines," provides in-depth coverage of the topics and issues facing the people of the Bay Area. Throughout the year, "Beyond the Headlines" airs half-hour specials on issues, ranging from Bay Area housing to same-sex marriage.

July 24, 2011
Kids & Drugs
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

Today we are talking about the dangerous mix of kids and drugs.

According to The Partnership at, 11 million teens and young people in America need help for substance abuse and addiction. The Partnership is a public health nonprofit that helps parents prevent, intervene in and find treatment for these serious problems.

For some kids, the temptation of drugs starts in the home. Did you know that many teens have access every day to an array of prescription drugs -- often found in their parents' medicine cabinets?

Studio Guests

James Hansen
Vice President, National Coalition Against Prescription Drugs Abuse

Neelesh Kenia, MD
Pediatrician and Sports Medicine Specialist, Kaiser Permanente San Francisco

Vitka Eisen, Ed. D
CEO, Haight Ashbury Free Clinics -- Walden House

Katrina Socco
Senior Director of Programs, Youth Leadership Institute
Friday Night Live Coordinator of San Mateo County

Luis Ortiz
Friday Night Live Participant

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